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freeze out

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.
See also: freeze, out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: freeze, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

freeze out

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]
See also: freeze, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

freeze out

v.
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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

freeze someone out

1. tv. to make it too cold for someone, usually by opening windows or through the use of air conditioning. (see also play freeze-out.) Are you trying to freeze out everybody? Close the door.
2. tv. to lock someone out socially. They froze out the newcomers.
See also: freeze, out, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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