Definition of freeze-up in English:



  • A period of extreme cold.

    ‘a freeze-up in November’
    • ‘Thirty-nine counties are now affected by the great freeze-up, and snow and ice have made travelling difficult on 14,000 miles of important roads, the AA said today.’
    • ‘This Sunday should see anglers return to the banks following the big freeze-up.’
    • ‘As each winter approaches, people hope and pray for mild storms and an early freeze-up to protect the shoreline.’
    • ‘And in case of a storm or freeze-up, the question is how fast can you get to shore.’
    • ‘When war became more likely in the east the Baltic freeze-up became a serious problem, because if war broke out in November reinforcing ships could not be dispatched until April.’
    • ‘Had a few sensors been in place, a small leak caused by a freeze-up could have been avoided before it turned into a small flood.’
    • ‘A council which came under fire for its performance during the post-Christmas freeze-up is to put itself under the microscope.’
    • ‘His comeback was further hampered by the winter freeze-up that caused several reserve games to be postponed.’
    • ‘The location of the trails is related to the pattern of the freeze-up (from west to east, on that section of the strait).’
    cold snap, spell of cold weather, frost
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