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Origin of lockout
British Dictionary definitions for lockout
verb (tr, adverb)
Cultural definitions for lockout
The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a plant by an employer during a labor dispute.
Idioms and Phrases with 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.”
Withhold work from employees during a labor dispute, as in The company threatened to lock out the strikers permanently. [Mid-1800s]