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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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 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

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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 move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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