freeze out

froze out; frozen out; freezing out; freezes out

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freeze-out \ ˈfrēz-​ˌau̇t How to pronounce freeze out (audio) \ noun

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a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means
Recent Examples on the Web European stocks and cryptocurrencies leaped out of the gates on Wednesday even as Western countries and economies continue to freeze out Russia for waging war in Ukraine, sending commodities and crude prices higher. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2022 Washington and its European allies are expected to enact new sanctions — likely designed to freeze out Russia from much of the international financial system — that go beyond those announced earlier this week. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 In the two decades since the U.S. government sued Microsoft for using its dominance in operating systems to freeze out competitors, the company has rebounded in a spectacular way. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 Psaki echoed Johnson’s point that the creation of the new security alliance — which has been dubbed AUKUS — wasn’t meant to freeze out other allies on Indo-Pacific strategy. Sylvie Corbet,, 22 Sep. 2021 At about 1 second after the Big Bang, neutrinos and anti-neutrinos freeze out, as the weak interaction — which governs neutrino interactions with all forms of matter — becomes insignificant at these low energies and temperatures. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 That year, when the state also faced a winter freeze out — albeit one with a lower death toll — the federal government recommended changes, including mandatory winterization of power plants, to prevent another crisis. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 6 July 2021 High prices for cultivation licenses, for instance, would freeze out some smaller farmers from the market, said Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association. Michael Hill, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 State officials are suing the company for using its position in the digital advertising market to freeze out competitors. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of freeze out

1861, in the meaning defined above

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freeze·​out | \ ˈfrēz-ˌau̇t \

Legal Definition of freezeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a corporate action (as a merger) taken by those in control of the corporation (as controlling shareholders or the board of directors) for the purpose of causing the minority shareholders to lose their equity in the corporation (as by the sale of their shares) — compare squeezeout

freeze out

transitive verb

Legal Definition of freeze out (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to a freezeout


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