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 formslock·less, adjectiveself-lock·ing, adjectivewell-locked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lock, stock, and barrel (1 of 2)

lock

1
/ (lɒk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formslockable, adjective

Word Origin for lock

Old English loc; related to Old Norse lok

British Dictionary definitions for lock, stock, and barrel (2 of 2)

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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Culture definitions for lock, stock, and barrel

lock, stock, and barrel


The whole of anything: “Our new manager wants to reorganize the entire operation, lock, stock, and barrel.” The lock, stock, and barrel are the three parts of a rifle.

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Idioms and Phrases with lock, stock, and barrel (1 of 2)

lock, stock, and barrel


The entirety; all of something. For example, Jean moved out of the house, lock, stock, and barrel. This expression alludes to the three elements of a firearm—the lock or firing mechanism, the stock or handle, and the barrel or tube. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with lock, stock, and barrel (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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