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thaw out

1. To warm up enough to gradually become unfrozen. Make sure you let the turkey thaw out completely in the fridge before you cook it.
2. By extension, to become warm after feeling extremely cold. Come thaw out over here by the fire.
3. To unfreeze something by gradually warming it up. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thaw" and "out." I was planning on thawing some chicken breasts to make a stir fry for dinner.
4. By extension, to warm someone or something up after being extremely cold. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thaw" and "out." I'm going to start the fire in the living room to that the kids out when they come in from playing in the snow.
See also: out, thaw

thaw out

to warm up from being frozen. How long will it take for the chicken to thaw out? I can't wait for the cake to thaw out. I want some now!
See also: out, thaw

thaw someone or something out

to raise the temperature of someone or something above freezing; to warm someone up. We need to get inside so I can thaw my brother out. His toes are almost frozen. Did you thaw out the chicken?
See also: out, thaw

thaw out

1. To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming: The lake won't thaw out until the middle of April.
2. To lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: The skiers gathered around the fireplace to thaw out.
3. To cause something to lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: The hot sun thawed out the frozen ground. Get another stick of butter from the freezer, and thaw it out in the microwave.
4. To become less formal, aloof, or reserved: The new babysitter looked stern but quickly thawed out after meeting the children.
See also: out, thaw


mod. alcohol intoxicated. Tad is sort of soppy, you might say, thawed.
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Acting manager Peter Roe described himself as "very optimistic" that Wednesday's triple Grade 1 card will be run, and added: "We've had a very significant thaw in the past two days and it should be raceable by Sunday.
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In summary, we designed, validated, and installed an automated thawing and mixing workcell, which is connected to our automated transport system and has a throughput to thaw and mix >1000 specimens per hour.
Some cooks prefer using fresh birds (they have never been chilled below 26 degrees F and have a short shelf life -- only buy a day or two ahead of cooking), while others opt for frozen, which take time to thaw.
The pressure from passing trains generates heat that could cause the layer of frozen earth to thaw.