freeze up


1. to become still as a result of fear or embarrassment






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freeze up with fear

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If someone 'freezes up' it is usually the result of a difficult, traumatic or high focus situation. When you freeze up you find it unable to move, talk or respond to the situation you are in. This is an idiom that describes the physical response of stillness to such situations. It is suited to both social or professional contexts.

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  1. I always freeze up when I'm put on the spot at a dinner party.
  2. Don't ask Susan to give a speech. She froze up last time.

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  1. There are many relaxation techniques you can employ to avoid freezing up when dealing with a high focus situation.
  2. When they put me on the spot by asking me a difficult question I just froze up because I didn't know how to answer it.

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