lockdown

[ lok-doun ]
/ ˈlɒkˌdaʊn /

noun

the confining of prisoners to their cells, as following a riot or other disturbance: The prison lockdown continues, more than three weeks after the death of a guard.
a security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building or other location: The school remains under lockdown due to police activity in the area. The governor implemented a statewide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus—residents may not leave their homes for nonessential activities. The army base was on lockdown after a report of shots fired.
a freeze or pause: Banks aren’t lending during this credit lockdown.

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Origin of lockdown

First recorded in 1970–75; lock1 + -down, probably extracted from nouns formed from phrasal verbs, such as crackdown, shutdown, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for lockdown

lockdown
/ (ˈlɒkˌdəʊn) /

noun

US a security measure in which those inside a building such as a prison, school, or hospital are required to remain confined in it for a timemany schools remained under lockdown yesterday
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