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freeze (one's) wages

Of a business, to maintain an employee's pay at its current rate. Is it true that the company is going to freeze our wages this year? I was hoping for a raise.
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freeze someone's wages

Fig. to hold someone's pay at its current level. The company froze everyone's wages as soon as the economy went sour.
See also: freeze, wage
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As a civil servant in the midst of a pay freeze my wages are not going up to reflect higher train fare costs.