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

Synonyms & Antonyms for freeze out


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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As the first African-American woman in Congress, Ms. Chisholm was often frozen out by men of all races and felt alienated by the feminist movement. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "2019 Belongs to Shirley Chisholm," 6 July 2019 Think of Libra as a poor man’s Bitcoin — electronic money for low-income people who’ve been frozen out of the global banking system. Hiawatha Bray,, "Facebook’s digital currency would be great — if it didn’t come from Facebook," 18 June 2019 For that, he should be frozen out of his portion of pork. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: If state is doling out ‘free’ money, we want our share," 12 June 2019 Ripples of some sizes might have been constructively interfering at the critical moment, producing peak density variations on that scale, whereas slightly shorter ripples that disappeared a moment later might have frozen out of phase. Quanta Magazine, "A New Test for the Leading Big Bang Theory," 11 Sep. 2018 They've been frozen out by the major sports leagues from getting them, and now the leagues are openly championing something that looks very similar to sports betting. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "The confusing battle over sports betting, explained," 14 May 2018 Nicknamed Ultima Thule, the object is a small ball of ice in the distant Kuiper Belt, which is a large collection of small bodies that froze out of a disk of gas and dust early in the Solar System's history. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New Horizons set for humanity’s first-ever Kuiper Belt rendezvous," 28 Dec. 2018 The Texas track had long coveted hosting IndyCar but had been frozen out by a geographic exclusivity clause the series had for years with Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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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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to complain fretfully

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