Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The object is to freeze out competition and keep up the prices.

I am charmed to learn that you have had a freeze out of my ghost story.

The boys was having a little game of 'freeze out' last night.

Or it might have expired and left them to freeze out there in the washhouse.

I should give yourself five more minutes; you'll freeze out there.

I am well acquainted with one man of Yankee origin, who formerly made it a practice to freeze out his colds, as he called it.

But as the clock ticked off the half-hour I seemed to freeze out of the eruptive and into the glacial stage.

Except that his hands were like to freeze out of use Christian cared marvellously little for outer miseries.

Did he not know, or at least more than suspect, that the company was trying to "freeze out" the distant holders?

But if he thought to freeze out his dainty visitor by his indifference he was mistaken.


Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").

Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.