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  1. a period of freezing or extremely cold weather
  2. (US & Canadian)
    1. the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
    2. the time of year when this occurs

Example Sentences Including 'freeze-up'

"You can only bring service rigs in after winter freeze-up , which is in November and December.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
(The train was only seriously considered in 1937 because of a freeze-up in Missouri.
Jenkins, Roy Truman
He still had not established the reason for the big freeze-up.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
Protect it, after freeze-up , with a good layer of mulch (compost, leaves or peat moss) about 15 centimetres deep.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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