seize up

seize up

  1. (figuratively) To stop functioning; to come to a halt.
    Iceland's foreign currency market has seized up after the three largest banks collapsed.
  2. (of muscles) To stiffen or become tight and difficult to move.
    It was hard to write as my fingers had seized up with the cold weather.
  3. (of a machine) To stop working suddenly, and become impossible to start again.
    My car seized up this morning. So I had to catch the bus.
Synonyms Translations
  • Italian: intorpidirsi
  • Russian: своди́ть
  • Spanish: agarrotarse
  • Italian: gripparsi
  • Spanish: agarrotarse, trabarse

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