Meaning of the Phrasal Verb
English teaching for English Language Learners (ELL) who are learning to speak English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
freeze someone out
freeze out someone
- not include someone in a cold and unfriendly way that clearly excludes that person from something
- prevent involvement by unfriendly behaviour, boycotting, etc.
1. Maria doesn’t like Josh, so she is trying to freeze him out of our group of friends. She doesn’t want us to invite him when we go out, she won’t answer his texts, and she ignores him when we’re all together.
2. The high housing prices are freezing out many first-time home buyers.
3. That construction company is trying to freeze out their new competition by spreading negative rumours.
|present –||FREEZE OUT|
|present participle –||FREEZING OUT|
|past –||FROZE OUT|
|past participle –||FROZEN OUT|