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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FREEZING

"I shall not keep you longer from his Highness," said the Princess with freezing dignity.

It was freezing cold, and the chill was worse in the dock that I entered.

In winter, kept cold, yet not in danger of freezing, it will keep a week.

The horses, which had been put to long before, were freezing in the snow.

He only trembled, as though overtaken by some horror which was freezing him.

Lavinia was a glacier, moving majestically and freezing as it moved.

Yet in that moment, from calm and freezing that he had been, he became ruffled and hot.

He half-turned, his manner changing suddenly to a freezing civility.

If a battery is given any care whatever, there is little danger of freezing.

No, the old time will be adhered to just as if it was cold and wet and freezing.

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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