freeze out


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freeze-out \ ˈfrēz-​ˌau̇t \ noun

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ban, bar, close out, count (out), debar, eliminate, except, exclude, rule out, shut out


admit, include

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a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means

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Umtiti is believed to have been personally shortlisted by the Red Devils boss amid concerns over the future of Eric Bailly, who is wary of being 'frozen out' by his Portuguese manager., "Man Utd Increasingly Confident of Landing Barcelona Star Despite Proposed New Contract Talks," 2 May 2018 He was quickly frozen out once Jose Mourinho arrived on the scene which set the young star's career back significantly., "AC Milan Boss Gattuso Scouts Dutch Star in International Action as Transfer Interest Grows," 5 June 2018 Many of the nation’s most prominent anti-corruption advocates are fearful of a López Obrador presidency, worried that their nascent movement will be all but frozen out of the discussion. New York Times, "The Firebrand Leftist Far Ahead in Mexico’s Presidential Polls," 29 June 2018 Why are Kentucky milk farmers being frozen out of the local market? NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018 In California’s 53 congressional primaries this year, only two in which Republicans and Democrats were running ended up with one party being frozen out in the Nov. 6 election. John Wildermuth,, "California’s ‘jungle primary’: For Dems and GOP, it’s a pretty tame jungle," 26 June 2018 Understandably, the West Germans were frozen out of international football for a few years after the end of the Second World War., "World Cup Countdown: 7 Days to Go - What if Ferenc Puskas Had Been Fully Fit?," 7 June 2018 In her immateriality, Melania well represents the status of women under Trump — absent, frozen out, erased from the picture. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 But with six Democratic candidates in the 13-person field, party officials fear Democrats will splinter their support and be frozen out of the runoff. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "LA voter-roll snafu could delay results in key California election races," 5 June 2018

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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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