seize up

phrasal verb
seized up; seizing up; seizes up

Definition of seize up

: to stop working because the moving parts can no longer move The engine/brakes suddenly seized up. sometimes used figurativelyHer brain seized up when she tried to answer the question.

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“Seize up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seize%20up. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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