- an act or instance of becoming unalterable, unmovable, or rigid.
- commitment, binding, or restriction.
Origin of lock-in
First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase lock in
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Examples from the Web for lock-in
The law's supporters have been counting on a lock-in effect to make the law hard to repeal.The Rube Goldberg Policy Machine
October 2, 2012
Lock-in is the decreased likelihood to search for, or change to, another option once an investment in something has been made.Don't Shack Up
April 16, 2012
To every appeal they heartlessly refused to divulge the key to the lock-in.Meeting of the Board
Alan Edward Nourse
- an illegal session of selling alcohol in a bar after the time when it should, by law, be closed
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