deep freeze

deep freeze
1. a state or period of halted or suspended activity or progress: High interest rates created a deep freeze in housing construction.
2. suspended animation.
3. put in or into the deep freeze, Informal. to stop or suspend the activity or progress of: A series of quarrels put their romance into the deep freeze.
[1940-45, Amer.]

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