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freeze to death

1. verb Literally, to die as a result of exposure to cold temperatures. Gus would have frozen to death had the rescue crew not found him when they did.
2. verb To cause someone to die as a result of exposure to cold temperatures. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "to." The blistering cold would have frozen Gus to death had the rescue crew not found him when they did.
3. verb To feel extremely cold. You'll freeze to death if you go outside without a coat! Is the bus ever coming? I'm freezing to death here!
4. verb To cause someone to feel extremely cold. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "freeze" and "to." We need to bundle up so the frigid wind doesn't freeze us to death.
See also: death, freeze
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

freeze someone or something to death

 
1. Lit. [for cold weather] to kill someone or something. I was afraid that the cold snap would freeze the dog to death.
2. Fig. to make someone or something very cold. This weather is going to freeze us all to death.
See also: death, freeze
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Prosecutors said fingerprints found on the front door indicated that the toddler attempted to get back in the home before freezing to death. Temperatures on the morning of Melton's death reportedly reached 20 degrees but felt much colder due to a wind chill.
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