freeze someone out

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

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