Definition of freeze someone out in English:

freeze someone out

phrasal verb

  • Behave in a hostile or obstructive way so as to exclude someone.

    ‘during a banquet, she completely froze out her husband’
    • ‘The NUT has been frozen out because it refuses to sign up to the government's proposals over classroom assistants.’
    • ‘Early in his marriage, Philip found palace life inexplicable and was baffled by the way he was frozen out of many activities.’
    • ‘So, even if he lost his regular place, it is unlikely that he would be frozen out entirely.’
    • ‘According to O'Neill, he and other moderate Cabinet members were frozen out of most decision-making early on, even when those decisions related directly to their domains.’
    • ‘Volunteers who went to the aid of a seaside carnival have claimed they were frozen out.’
    • ‘The original American producers say they were frozen out of the show because the Canadian government offers huge financial incentives to lure productions away from the United States.’
    • ‘Guardians of the New Forest have been frozen out of a vital selection process as the area prepares to become a National Park.’
    • ‘Siobhan…left in 2001, claiming she was frozen out by Keisha and Mutya, old schoolmates with whom she had formed the band in 1998.’
    • ‘Mr Libeskind wrote to the New York Times last week saying that, contrary to reports, he had not been frozen out after a series of disagreements with Mr Childs' firm of architects.’
    • ‘I thought we had been frozen out since that unfortunate episode with the painting.’
    • ‘After seven brief appearances as substitute under Nicky Law, Wolleaston was frozen out by Bryan Robson, who announced he would not be part of his plans.’
    • ‘Dettmer said workers were ‘furious’ they had been frozen out of Government discussions on the industry's future.’
    • ‘For example, they might ostracize victims by freezing them out of the lunchroom seating arrangements, ignoring them on the playground, or shunning them when slumber party invitations are handed out.’
    • ‘After the Australia tour of '99, Costello was frozen out, never to return under Gatland.’
    • ‘However, champion skater Peter Baker has been frozen out of world class competition - because he is too old.’
    • ‘They have always said that they were frozen out and left in the dark about how the case was proceeding.’
    • ‘The FBI investigation is based on claims by a senior army contracting official who claims she was frozen out of decisions when she questioned the contracts.’
    • ‘The Times quoted big business lobbyists claiming they were frozen out during the Clinton years of ‘over-regulation.’’
    • ‘However, he was then frozen out of the US space programme because of his erratic character.’
    exclude, leave out, shut out, cut out, neglect, ignore, ostracize, reject, disown, spurn, slight, snub, shun, cut, cut dead, turn one's back on, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, leave out in the cold
    send to coventry
    knock back, brush off, give someone the brush-off, stiff-arm, hand someone the frozen mitt
    give someone the brush
    give someone the go-by
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