freeze out


froze out; frozen out; freezing out; freezes out
freeze-out noun

Examples of freeze out in a Sentence

a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means
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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freeze out was in 1861

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“Freeze out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 noun
: 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

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to subject to a freezeout
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