verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to commit unalterably: to lock in the nomination of the party's candidates.
- (of an investor) to be unable or unwilling to sell or shift securities.
- to keep out by or as if by a lock.
- to subject (employees) to a lockout.
- to imprison for a crime.
- Printing. to make (type) immovable in a chase by securing the quoins.
- to fasten or secure with a lock or locks.
- to lock the doors of a house, automobile, etc.
- to fasten or fix firmly, as by engaging parts.
Origin of lock1
Related formslock·less, adjectiveself-lock·ing, adjectivewell-locked, adjective
Examples from the Web for lock-up
While the desk sergeant ran a background check, he was roughed up by another officer in the lock-up.
Yet the two-day plunge seems too big to blame on just the lock-up expiration.
And guess who else doesn't have much patience with chemical castration as an alternative to lock-up?
The day was done, the stars were out, as we moved across from the courthouse to the lock-up.Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
The fact that it was after lock-up was of small consequence.The Gold Bat|P. G. Wodehouse
One or two "primani," who had amused the tribunal with some very broad lies, were condemned to a few days' lock-up.Debts of Honor|Maurus Jkai
Mr. Agneau entered the lock-up, and was securing the door behind him, when the prisoner spoke.Outward Bound|Oliver Optic
Some men—they mean to burn your house—the two who escaped from the lock-up, Phil Lally and Con!Fast Nine|Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for lock-up (1 of 2)
- a section of a canal or river that may be closed off by gates to control the water level and the raising and lowering of vessels that pass through it
- (as modifier)a lock gate
Derived Formslockable, adjective
Word Origin for lock
British Dictionary definitions for lock-up (2 of 2)
Word Origin for lock
Idioms and Phrases with lock-up
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
- under lock and key