Idioms

Origin of lock

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English loc fastening, bar; cognate with Middle Low German lok, Old High German loh, Old Norse lok a cover, lid, Gothic -luk in usluk opening; akin to Old English lūcan to shut

Related forms

lock·less, adjectiveself-lock·ing, adjectivewell-locked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lock out (1 of 3)

lock out

verb (tr, adverb)

to prevent from entering by locking a door
to prevent (employees) from working during an industrial dispute, as by closing a factory

noun lockout

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

British Dictionary definitions for lock out (2 of 3)

lock

1
/ (lɒk) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

lockable, adjective

Word Origin for lock

Old English loc; related to Old Norse lok

British Dictionary definitions for lock out (3 of 3)

lock

2
/ (lɒk) /

noun

a strand, curl, or cluster of hair
a tuft or wisp of wool, cotton, etc
(plural) mainly literary hair, esp when curly or fine

Word Origin for lock

Old English loc; related to Old Frisian lok, Old Norse lokkr lock of wool
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Idioms and Phrases with lock out (1 of 2)

lock out

1

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.”


2

Withhold work from employees during a labor dispute, as in The company threatened to lock out the strikers permanently. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with lock out (2 of 2)

lock

In addition to the idioms beginning with lock

  • lock horns
  • lock in
  • lock out
  • lock the barn door after the horse has bolted
  • lock up

also see:

  • under lock and key

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