freeze up

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freeze up (third-person singular simple present freezes up, present participle freezing up, simple past froze up, past participle frozen up)

  1. (intransitive) To come to a sudden halt.
    Despite all of the rehearsals, as soon as I got on stage I froze up.
  2. (intransitive) To become cold and formal in demeanour.