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

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a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means
Recent Examples on the Web Cybersecurity experts called the risk largely hypothetical, but that didn't stop the White House from trying to freeze out TikTok in the United States with a pair of executive orders. Brian Fung, CNN, "Trump blew up Tiktok and now nobody knows what's going on," 11 Nov. 2020 That would freeze out Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The five biggest questions facing college football in Week 9," 29 Oct. 2020 The government alleged in the lawsuit that Google also took steps to freeze out competition in phones that run its Android software, which account for 40% of mobile device usage. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Google’s Exclusive Search Deals With Apple at Heart of U.S. Lawsuit," 20 Oct. 2020 The suit expressly claimed that Microsoft was using Windows to freeze out the Netscape browser and, more tacitly, Sun Microsystems’ cross-platform Java platform as well. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition," 10 Sep. 2020 No boasts and no blasts of ego to freeze out the moment. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Barack Obama's hopeful, blame-free graduation speech was perfect. Here's why," 17 May 2020 The gesture is particularly piercing because the WHO has frozen out Taiwan for years, refusing, like China, to acknowledge its existence. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Taiwan hits back at World Health Organization chief's claims of racism," 10 Apr. 2020 Football Insider have now reported that Anita has been frozen out of the set-up and has been made to train away from the first-team squad., "Vurnon Anita Forced to Train Away From First Team as Leeds United Struggle to Find Suitors," 27 Aug. 2019 Last March, Europe’s antitrust regulators ordered it to pay 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business. NBC News, "Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of freeze out

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Freeze out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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freeze·​out | \ ˈfrēz-ˌau̇t \

Legal Definition of freezeout

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: 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

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Legal Definition of freeze out (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to a freezeout

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