freeze-up

noun
plural -s

Definition of freeze-up

1 : a freezing over of a body of water especially when marking the onset of winter goes on duty in April, just before the swans arrive, and stays with them until they leave at freeze-up— Lyn Harrington
2 : a period during which the bodies of water in an area are frozen over the freeze-up lasted six weeks last year before the freeze-up sets in— V. E. Fuchs all their food for seven months had to be taken to camp before the winter freeze-up— Bill Wolf

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History and Etymology for freeze-up

freeze up (verb phrase), from freeze entry 1 + up

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“Freeze-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze-up. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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