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lockout

[lok-out]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of lockout

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase lock out
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  • Promptly he imposed a lockout on his rebellious progeny and erring spouse.

  • This lockout is the turning point in the history of trade unionism in England.

  • The strike was made inoperative for the time being by the lockout of the employers.

    30,000 Locked Out.

    James C. Beeks

  • The action of these bodies broke the lockout, which was of but brief existence.

    30,000 Locked Out.

    James C. Beeks

  • No more were they worried by slack times, strike and lockout, and the union label.

    The Iron Heel

    Jack London


Word Origin and History for lockout

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lockout in Culture

lockout

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

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.