Definition of freeze someone out in English:

freeze someone out

phrasal verb

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

    ‘during a banquet, she completely froze out her husband’
    • ‘Mummy never used my father as a threat to get me to do what she wanted, neither did she hug me when he was looking yet freeze me out when he wasn't.’
    • ‘However, champion skater Peter Baker has been frozen out of world class competition - because he is too old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ackerman listened politely to Cowan's critique - then froze him out of the rest of the discussion.’
    • ‘However, he was then frozen out of the US space programme because of his erratic character.’
    • ‘These women resented the intrusion of this strange woman from Dublin and were initially most uncooperative, and, in fact, deliberately froze her out of their circle.’
    • ‘She was kicked out of her house and then her friends froze her out, ignoring her emails and phone calls.’
    • ‘The Times quoted big business lobbyists claiming they were frozen out during the Clinton years of ‘over-regulation.’’
    • ‘Siobhan…left in 2001, claiming she was frozen out by Keisha and Mutya, old schoolmates with whom she had formed the band in 1998.’
    • ‘But Sandy refused to freeze him out of the conversation and kept putting a paternalistic arm on his shoulder and buying him more lager.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have always said that they were frozen out and left in the dark about how the case was proceeding.’
    • ‘After the Australia tour of '99, Costello was frozen out, never to return under Gatland.’
    • ‘Democrats froze him out of important committee assignments, and were also not eager to help get his bills passed.’
    • ‘The Scottish lawyer did not trust the media-savvy MP, and froze him out from frontline decision-making.’
    • ‘Guardians of the New Forest have been frozen out of a vital selection process as the area prepares to become a National Park.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, even if he lost his regular place, it is unlikely that he would be frozen out entirely.’
    • ‘Dettmer said workers were ‘furious’ they had been frozen out of Government discussions on the industry's future.’
    • ‘Volunteers who went to the aid of a seaside carnival have claimed they were frozen out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Olive, full of hatred for Ransom and now passionately attached to the girl, tries to freeze him out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The NUT has been frozen out because it refuses to sign up to the government's proposals over classroom assistants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will he be frozen out of the debates, as he was in 2000?’
    • ‘His estate was auctioned for less than $4m, friends melted away, and his golf club froze him out.’
    • ‘Early in his marriage, Philip found palace life inexplicable and was baffled by the way he was frozen out of many activities.’
    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
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