Definition of seize up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

seize up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    seize up

    (North American English also seize)
     
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  1. 1(of the parts of a machine) to stop moving or working correctly The engine suddenly seized up.
  2. 2if a part of your body seizes up, you are unable to move it easily and it is often painful
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