lockup

[ lok-uhp ]
/ ˈlɒkˌʌp /

noun

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Origin of lockup

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase lock up
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British Dictionary definitions for lockup

lock up

verb (adverb)

noun lockup

adjective

lock-up British and NZ (of premises) without living accommodationa lock-up shop
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Idioms and Phrases with lockup

lock up

1

Close a house or place of work, fastening all the doors and windows, as in The attendant locks up at eleven o'clock every night, or Did you remind Abby to lock up? [Late 1500s]

2

Invest in something not easily converted into cash, as in Most of their assets were locked up in real estate. [Late 1600s]

3

lock someone up. Confine or imprison someone, as in The princes were locked up in the Tower of London. [c. 1300]

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