- 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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Examples from the Web for lockout
Matters escalated from there, with threats of a strike and a lockout making headlines throughout the summer.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
That figure represents the serious cut that the players took to settle the 2011 lockout, when it was slashed from 57 percent.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
Local businesses that rely on the traffic generated by hockey games are feeling the effects of the lockout.
The lockout may not put a crimp in the day of the typical sports fan.
And a shocking number of people spend the night in hotels, so [the lockout] is really a big impact for those businesses.
Promptly he imposed a lockout on his rebellious progeny and erring spouse.The House of Pride
This lockout is the turning point in the history of trade unionism in England.Twentieth Century Socialism
The action of these bodies broke the lockout, which was of but brief existence.
The strike was made inoperative for the time being by the lockout of the employers.
No more were they worried by slack times, strike and lockout, and the union label.The Iron Heel
Word Origin and History for lockout
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a plant by an employer during a labor dispute.
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