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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Examples of freeze out in a Sentence

a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means

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The Liverpool striker completed a loan move to West Brom in January in a bid to find more gametime, as he had been frozen out by the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Anfield., "Former Newcastle Man Blasts Daniel Sturridge's Mentality After Limping Off Injured Against Chelsea," 26 Feb. 2018 Moderates have sought to freeze out Mr. Navarro, according to those familiar with the internal dynamics. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "U.S., China Explore Deal as Leaders Meet at G-20 Summit," 29 Nov. 2018 Casual gamers, frozen out of the market months ago by soaring prices, are still slow to return. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Nvidia Grapples With Cryptocurrency Miners’ Exit," 16 Nov. 2018 While there are different snow lines for each chemical (carbon dioxide doesn't freeze out where water will), the presence of any solids should dramatically change the dynamics of the disks that give rise to planets. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sun’s closest solo star may have company," 14 Nov. 2018 What’s more, a number of American free agents are getting frozen out because foreign TAM signings can come in on higher salaries for the same cap hit as those American players. Grant Wahl,, "Insider Notes: Antonio Conte Headed for Chelsea Exit; Is Real Madrid in His Future?," 20 Feb. 2018 Sometimes the rules can appear arbitrary, like in August when Beijing ruled to limit new licenses for games, freezing out Tencent and rival gaming companies from putting out new products. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China is making the internet less free, and US tech companies are helping," 2 Nov. 2018 These salt deposits on the surface likely represent the remnants of a frozen ocean with the salt left over from brines as the ocean froze out. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Dawn spacecraft exploring the asteroid belt has gone dark," 1 Nov. 2018 They were completely frozen out of all plans and preparations. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Honeymoon Was So Secret, Only Two People Knew About It," 20 Aug. 2018

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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 | \ 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 deny responsibility for

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