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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

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
References in classic literature ?
Though for once they had ample pasturage, yet the keen winds were so intense that, in the morning, a mule was found frozen to death. The trappers gathered round and mourned over him as over a cherished friend.
"It won't be nice to be frozen to death, but if we get through alive think what a story we'll have to tell," said the Story Girl between her chattering teeth.
There he sat quite benumbed and motionless; one would have imagined he was frozen to death.
Perhaps the barn had burned; perhaps the cattle had frozen to death; perhaps a neighbour was lost in the storm.
Besides, ma'am, consider how cold the nights are now; we shall be frozen to death."--"A good brisk pace," answered Sophia, "will preserve us from the cold; and if you cannot defend me from a villain, Honour, I will defend you; for I will take a pistol with me.
To mention only the planets, we should be either broiled alive in some, or frozen to death in others, according as they are more or less removed from the sun."
"You are frozen to death," he exclaimed, carrying her to the fire.
There was McMann, who ran up a single bar-room bill of thirty-eight thousand dollars; and Jimmie the Rough, who spent one hundred thousand a month for four months in riotous living, and then fell down drunk in the snow one March night and was frozen to death; and Swiftwater Bill, who, after spending three valuable claims in an extravagance of debauchery, borrowed three thousand dollars with which to leave the country, and who, out of this sum, because the lady-love that had jilted him liked eggs, cornered the one hundred and ten dozen eggs on the Dawson market, paying twenty-four dollars a dozen for them and promptly feeding them to the wolf-dogs.
she would surely be frozen to death. It began to snow, and every snow-flake that fell on her was to her as a whole shovelful thrown on one of us, for we are so big, and she was only an inch high.
"The second reason is that we must not let the outer cold, which is excessive, penetrate the projectile or we shall be frozen to death."
"They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks, or frozen to death as they fled active warzones," The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere said in a statement on Monday.
The case of the man in his 50s believed to have frozen to death in Lowestoft, Suffolk, last month is included in a leaked dossier of incidents under investigation.
Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon.
A 45-year-old woman, who arrived from Bishkek to her relatives in Russia's Kurgan region, was found frozen to death at the cemetery, according to the website of the investigation committee of Russia for Kurgan region.