lockout

[ lok-out ]
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noun
  1. the temporary closing of a business or the refusal by an employer to allow employees to come to work until they accept the employer's terms.

Origin of lockout

1
First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase lock out

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British Dictionary definitions for lock out

lock out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to prevent from entering by locking a door

  2. to prevent (employees) from working during an industrial dispute, as by closing a factory

nounlockout
  1. the closing of a place of employment by an employer, in order to bring pressure on employees to agree to terms

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Cultural definitions for lockout

lockout

The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a plant by an employer during a labor dispute.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lockout

lockout

Keep out, prevent from entering. For example, Karen was so angry at her brother that she locked him out of the house. [Late 1500s] Shakespeare had it in The Comedy of Errors (4:1): “For locking me out of my doors by day.”

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