thaw out


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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

v.
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
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We even put tents and heaters over the really bad patches, but unfortunately we were just tripped up by a couple of wet areas that were slow to thaw out.
There is a thaw out there today, although, with 8-12 inches of snow lying on the track in places, the water then becomes another issue.
Gradual thaw for country SCOTLAND slowly began to thaw out yesterday as temperatures crept above freezing for the first time in a fortnight.