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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FREEZE UP

Besides, you'd freeze up there, if the smell of moth-balls didn't choke you first.

The crowd opened, and his life seemed to freeze up with horror.

On the 24th, the night shift allowed the pipes to freeze up.

Consequently his milk of human kindness is very apt to freeze up.

All the blood in my veins seemed to freeze up as she was left alone in the arena.

Then, and it's the only way I can describe it, you both seemed to freeze up for an instant.

Andy longed for the freeze—up that would make his muskrats safe.

It's early for it, too, and the river will freeze up again bad.

As soon as the sea begins to freeze up, the natives gather on Iglulik, where they hunt the walrus throughout the winter.

They were the bitterest words I ever flung at her, and they seemed to freeze up her whole heart.

WORD ORIGIN

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].

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