[ lok-out ]
/ ˈlɒkˌaʊt /


the temporary closing of a business or the refusal by an employer to allow employees to come to work until they accept the employer's terms.

Nearby words

  1. locking piece,
  2. locking plate,
  3. locking pliers,
  4. lockjaw,
  5. locknut,
  6. lockout box,
  7. lockpick,
  8. lockport,
  9. lockram,
  10. lockset

Origin of lockout

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase lock out

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Word Origin and History for lockout



also lock-out, "act of locking out workers," 1854, from lock (v.) + out.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for lockout


The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a plant by an employer during a labor dispute.

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