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 No boasts and no blasts of ego to freeze out the moment. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Barack Obama's hopeful, blame-free graduation speech was perfect. Here's why," 17 May 2020 The gesture is particularly piercing because the WHO has frozen out Taiwan for years, refusing, like China, to acknowledge its existence. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Taiwan hits back at World Health Organization chief's claims of racism," 10 Apr. 2020 Football Insider have now reported that Anita has been frozen out of the set-up and has been made to train away from the first-team squad., "Vurnon Anita Forced to Train Away From First Team as Leeds United Struggle to Find Suitors," 27 Aug. 2019 Last March, Europe’s antitrust regulators ordered it to pay 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business. NBC News, "Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles," 13 Jan. 2020 One freezes out-of-state travel and hiring in the executive branch of government with some exemptions. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Sununu plans to announce New Hampshire reopening plans Friday," 30 Apr. 2020 And some say that the societal norms that Sweden is relying on to ensure the public adheres to the government’s COVID-19 strategy may also be freezing out the kind of debate needed to examine whether the strategy is the right one. Heba Habib, The Christian Science Monitor, "With science and shared values, Sweden charts own pandemic course," 27 Apr. 2020 Yet for the past year technology companies with operations in America have been frozen out of some standard-setting as an accidental consequence of the American government’s attack on the Chinese tech giant, Huawei. The Economist, "Some body to hold The fight with Huawei means America can’t shape tech rules," 23 Apr. 2020 One of the toughest problems in 2009 was that banks all but stopped making auto loans, freezing out many consumers who needed vehicles or were still able to afford them. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Auto Sales Plummet in First Quarter as Coronavirus Keeps Buyers Away," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of freeze out

1861, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Freeze out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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