[ 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.

Origin of lockout

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