Freeze Over

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Freeze Over’

To freeze over, regarding a body of water like a pond or lake, means form a layer of solid ice on the surface; generally, to become covered in a layer of ice (phrasal verb). 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Examples Of Use

“The lake is frozen over already. We can go ice skating!”

“My favorite time of year is when the pond freezes over. Everybody goes out to skate.”

“The roads are frozen over so if I were you, I’d avoid driving.”

“That river never freezes over except for one year when it was the coldest winter on record.”

“It’s not cold enough for the lake to freeze over yet.”

Origin

Used since at least the latter half of the 1800s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. McGraw-Hill, 2006.