freeze-up

noun

Definition of freeze-up

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of freeze-up

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


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