Definition of deep freeze in English:

deep freeze

(also deep freezer, deepfreeze)


  • A refrigerator in which food can be quickly frozen and kept for long periods at a very low temperature.

    • ‘Whereas in Scandinavia people stock up with up to 100 kg of raspberries in their deep freezes, Scots only eat a few grammes of their finest product.’
    • ‘A classic case, going back 20 years, was the emergence of the deep freezer.’
    • ‘It was the Victorians' version of the deep freezer.’
    • ‘Those who own dishwashers, deep freezers, clothes dryers and microwaves can even sometimes take longer to do their chores than those who do not.’
    • ‘By this, he means ‘less than 60 per cent of the national median income’ - a level at which many people own their own homes, have deep freezers and fill them, own cars and run them.’
    • ‘The inspector asked the shopkeeper to store it out of sight in a deep freeze.’
    • ‘One solution is to put it into a domestic deep freezer for 48 hours to kill any remaining larvae.’
    • ‘Product is sent from the filling room via a conveyor belt through the three other freezers to the deep freezer.’
    • ‘On arrival, he carefully placed his passport in the deep freeze section of the fridge for security reasons and proceeded to enjoy the intellectual stimulation of our fair city for two weeks.’
    • ‘In the Ireland of De Valera she was the first in the town to introduce chilled Coca Cola, the first to sell frozen foods from a deep freezer, and the first to popularize the concept of a delicatessen.’
    • ‘At the same time as you buy the bag also purchase a couple of small blue freezer blocks which freeze solid in your deep freeze and take a surprisingly long time to de-freeze.’
    • ‘Storage facilities like fridges and deep freezers are examined to ensure they comply with health regulations.’
    • ‘The blood bank has four refrigerated centrifuges, 6 deep freezers which maintain a temperature range of - 40 to - 80 degrees centigrade and four blood bank refrigerators.’
    • ‘In the past, before refrigerators and deep freezers were invented, it was traditional to turn to preserved fish in January, since fresh fish was in short supply.’
    • ‘Oudtshoorn's deep freezers are now full of uneaten meat - it's too pricey for locals, who in any case prefer mutton or chicken.’
    • ‘You will be questioned as to how often you invite guests for meals and whether you have a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a deep freezer.’
    • ‘‘We had ample provisions: a deep freeze full of meat, fish and veggies, six cases of de Diable wine and lots of cans of Chilean beer ’, said Fred.’
    • ‘Pour the chilled mixture into a plastic freezer box and leave in the deep freeze until the edges have frozen.’
    • ‘I'd refused to go with Antonio alone, so the three of us had gone to the kitchen, where I'd discovered heaven in the form of a massive refrigerator, deep freezer and two fully stocked closets of food.’


[with object]often as adjective deep-frozen
  • Store (something) in a deep freeze.

    ‘deep-frozen cod’
    • ‘Scientists had decided to deep-freeze samples of body fluids and tissue found at scenes, anticipating that improvements in testing would eventually make them useful.’
    • ‘A Braille printer and labelling machine help, for example, to identify foodstuffs in the kitchen or deep-freeze, or to catalogue a CD library.’
    • ‘Part of the product's longevity is due to the fact that the quick, deep-freezing preparation allows only miniscule amounts of air or moisture to be trapped in the ice cream beads.’
    • ‘The meringue nest was filled with cream and crowned with raspberries which were soggy and wet and definitely the deep-freeze variety.’
    • ‘After recently recommending a caller keep her daffodil bulbs in the deep-freeze a little longer this morning, Steve admitted his advice had been incorrect saying they were ripe for the planting after all.’
    • ‘New York restaurants, such as Yodo, Naniwa and Chikubu, where Takagi works, have fugu chefs who passed the rigorous licensing course from Japan's health ministry and they serve the imported, deep-frozen pufferfish.’
    • ‘Healthy babies have been born from deep-frozen beginnings for about 15 years now.’
    • ‘He explains that multiple-temperature features can span deep-freeze temperatures for items like ice cream, low temperatures for other frozen items and medium temperatures for non-frozen perishables like fluid milk.’
    • ‘The only exception is Germany, which produces rather little, but has a processing industry, specializing in deep-frozen products, which is overwhelmingly supplied from outside the EU.’
    • ‘Most of the income, however, came from the walk-in freezer, where tourists paid to have their catch deep-frozen for the trip home.’
    • ‘Flood-damaged paper quickly develops moulds which can destroy it, but deep-freezing prevents them growing.’
    • ‘In the freezer room, at a temperature of - 35 C, Jason saw his first deep-frozen beluga, ‘about three metres long and looking like a Hollywood prop’.’
    • ‘In one instance, he claimed he was disciplined after he refused to enter a ‘blast’ freezer - which deep-freezes food at minus 40 degrees - without protective clothing.’
    • ‘The author of the study recommends freezing milk at - 20 [degrees] C (- 4 [degrees] F) for storage from three to 30 days, or deep-freezing at - 70 [degrees] C (- 94 [degrees] F) for milk kept more than a month.’
    • ‘Rather than being offered refuge on a giant wooden boat, the threatened species face a more prosaic salvation at the bottom of a deep-freeze unit in one of the museum's laboratories in west London.’
    • ‘The most effective method is deep-freezing all gear for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘But before he can commit, he is looking for a benefactor to donate a ‘high-visibility deep-freeze unit.’’
    • ‘He added that about six North American frog species, one European lizard, and a handful of North American turtles also withstand deep-freezing.’
    deep-freeze, quick-freeze, freeze-dry, put in the freezer, pack in ice, put on ice, ice
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deep freeze

/ˌdiːp ˈfriːz/