Definition of deep freeze in US English:

deep freeze

(also deepfreeze, deep freezer)


  • 1A refrigerated cabinet or room in which food can be quickly frozen and kept for long periods at a low temperature.

    ‘plenty of garden space to keep our deep freezes supplied with fruit and vegetables’
    • ‘One solution is to put it into a domestic deep freezer for 48 hours to kill any remaining larvae.’
    • ‘Those who own dishwashers, deep freezers, clothes dryers and microwaves can even sometimes take longer to do their chores than those who do not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oudtshoorn's deep freezers are now full of uneaten meat - it's too pricey for locals, who in any case prefer mutton or chicken.’
    • ‘Product is sent from the filling room via a conveyor belt through the three other freezers to the deep freezer.’
    • ‘The inspector asked the shopkeeper to store it out of sight in a deep freeze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Storage facilities like fridges and deep freezers are examined to ensure they comply with health regulations.’
    • ‘It was the Victorians' version of the deep freezer.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Pour the chilled mixture into a plastic freezer box and leave in the deep freeze until the edges have frozen.’
    • ‘A classic case, going back 20 years, was the emergence of the deep freezer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A place or situation in which progress or activity is suspended.
      ‘the nation is now beginning to resume its history after twenty years in the deep freeze’
      • ‘Pop Life Edmonton is in official deep freeze mode.’
      • ‘He works on Project ICE, the operation police hope will put red hot gun crime into deep freeze for years to come.’
      • ‘Recently both countries announced a thawing of relationship that had been put into deep freeze ever since a bloody attack in 2001.’
      • ‘Oddly, it is the demands of one citizen on his nation's space agency that has plunged interstellar relations between the two countries back into deep freeze.’
      • ‘Believe, but don't put your mind in deep freeze.’
      • ‘Don't shortchange yourself by letting your social life go into deep freeze just because summer's over.’
      • ‘But, much like other great religions, it is in deep freeze since long before the advent of the heliocentric age.’
      • ‘‘It is important to deal with security and humanitarian issues in a positive manner,’ she said, noting she touched on the issues that have kept bilateral ties in deep freeze.’
      • ‘So I think that the government means that the peace process is now in deep freeze, but not forever.’
      • ‘The political mess was put into - not deep freeze - but was put into some kind of management.’
      • ‘The appearance thawed a career which had been prematurely consigned to pop's deep freeze 25 years earlier.’
      • ‘By February, he'd almost forgotten about Amy - all memory of her locked away in some mental deep freeze.’
      • ‘Our feelings were put into deep freeze, as it were, while the rest of the country conveniently forgot about us.’


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

    • ‘Most of the income, however, came from the walk-in freezer, where tourists paid to have their catch deep-frozen for the trip home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 meringue nest was filled with cream and crowned with raspberries which were soggy and wet and definitely the deep-freeze variety.’
    • ‘Flood-damaged paper quickly develops moulds which can destroy it, but deep-freezing prevents them growing.’
    • ‘He added that about six North American frog species, one European lizard, and a handful of North American turtles also withstand deep-freezing.’
    • ‘A Braille printer and labelling machine help, for example, to identify foodstuffs in the kitchen or deep-freeze, or to catalogue a CD library.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Healthy babies have been born from deep-frozen beginnings for about 15 years now.’
    deep-freeze, quick-freeze, freeze-dry, put in the freezer, pack in ice, put on ice, ice
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deep freeze

/ˈdēp ˈˌfrēz//ˈdip ˈˌfriz/