Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to froze: frozen
freeze (someone's) blood
To affect in someone an intense feeling of fright, horror, or revulsion. The sight of my brother's murderer in court absolutely froze my blood. When we were camping last weekend, we heard a scream in the night that froze our blood.
1. To decrease the temperature of some place or allow it to become very cold and thus make its inhabitants uncomfortable enough to want to leave. A noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "out." I'm not trying to freeze you guys out, honestly—our heater is broken.
2. To exclude or ostracize someone by being cold or distant to them. A noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "out." I think they're trying to freeze me out of the literary magazine this year. No one will return my emails.
until hell freezes over
1. Forever. "Till" can be used instead of "until." Financially, I'll never be able to retire—I'll be working till hell freezes over.
2. Used to indicate that something will never happen. "Till" can be used instead of "until." I refuse to name Bob the head of this company until hell freezes over!
To become covered in ice, often of a body of water. I know the lake has frozen over, but I still don't think it's safe for you kids to go skating on it.
1. To become frozen and icy. I know the lake has frozen up, but I still don't think it's safe for you kids to go skating on it.
2. To cause something to become frozen and icy. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "up." If the ice cream is starting to melt, put it in the freezer so it can freeze up again.
3. To become tense, scared, and unable to do something. I love to sing, but I freeze up any time I get on stage—when I open my mouth, nothing comes out.
4. To stop functioning or working. A: "Ugh, my computer's frozen up." B: "Well, unplug it and see if that helps."
5. To cause something to stop functioning or working. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "up." Ugh, that new program keeps freezing my computer up.
[for a body of water] to get cold and form a layer of ice on top. The pond froze over, so we went skating.
freeze someone out
1. Lit. to make it too cold for someone, usually by opening windows or through the use of air-conditioning. Turn up the heat unless you're trying to freeze us out. Are you trying to freeze out everybody? Close the door.
2. Fig. to lock someone out socially; to isolate someone from something or a group. We didn't want to freeze you out. You failed to pay your dues, however. They froze out the newcomers.
1. Lit. [for something] to freeze and stop functioning. The joint froze up and wouldn't move anymore.
2. Fig. [for someone] to become frightened and anxious, and be unable to move, speak, or continue with something. I froze up and couldn't say anything more.
Shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment; force to retire or withdraw from membership, a job, or the like. For example, They tried to freeze me out of the conversation, or After Bill was frozen out of the case, they hired a new lawyer. [Mid-1800s]
until hell freezes over
1. If you say that something will not happen until hell freezes over, you mean that it will never happen. McLean pledged he would not sell the business to him until hell freezes over. Note: You can also say that something will happen when hell freezes over. `Tell them you'll get married when hell freezes over,' she says.
2. If someone will do something until hell freezes over, they will do it for a very long time or for ever. He says he'll sit there until hell freezes over before he'll pay them a single dollar. They can bargain until Hell freezes over, but they won't get anything.
until (or till) hell freezes overfor an extremely long time or forever. informal
To shut out or exclude someone by cold or unfriendly treatment: The popular kids tried to freeze me out of the conversation. The group froze out the new employees at the meeting.
1. To freeze completely at the surface: Once the pond freezes over we can go skating.
2. To become covered with a layer of ice: The bridge has frozen over, so drive very carefully.
1. To become completely frozen: The water in the ice trays hasn't frozen up yet.
2. To cause something to freeze completely: We froze up the water for ice cubes. Freeze the juice up and we'll have some frozen treats!
3. To become fixed in place or unable to move: The lock froze up due to rust. When I noticed that I was being watched, I froze up.
4. To cause something to become fixed in place or unable to move: The subzero temperatures froze up the water pipes. The rust froze the gears up.