freeze wages

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

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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The Tunisian government is under pressure from international lenders, particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is urging it to freeze wages under public sector reforms to curb the budget deficit.
Tunisia has been under pressure from international lenders to freeze wages as part of public sector reforms aimed at cutting the country's budget deficit.
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Unlike big businesses, small firms are unable to absorb the cost, and so to deal with the extra expenses they will have to increase prices, lay off staff and freeze wages.
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