a jail, especially a local one for temporary detention.
the act of locking up or the state of being locked up.
a temporary imprisonment or detention, as of suspects or prisoners.
a stock that has been held by an individual as a long-term investment, or that a brokerage firm is required by a regulation to hold for a certain period of time before it can be sold.
any investment or credit instrument, as a renewed loan, in which capital is tied up for a long time.
the entire body of type and cuts locked up in a chase preparatory to printing or platemaking.
the act or procedure of locking up type and cuts in a chase.
Automotive. a sudden stopping of the rotation of a wheel.
British Informal. a rented locker, storage space, or garage.
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How to use lockup in a sentence
We were traumatized every time we prepared to go out as we don’t know if we are going to be arrested and placed in the lockups.
A few days after Chin’s conviction, his lawyer called me and Caryle Murphy, a reporter from The Washington Post, to interview him in a local lockup.
Rumors swirled that he was a fed in disguise investigating the notorious lockup, or a double spy working for the prison itself.He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison. | Kate Briquelet | May 31, 2021 | The Daily Beast
“I’m not about to do that again,” she said, referring to her night in lockup.One year after George Floyd’s death sparked a movement, many protesters’ lives are forever changed | Marissa Lang | May 28, 2021 | Washington Post
He hasn’t exercised any of his options and his shares are subject to a lockup period that ends in March.Snowflake CEO collects a $95 million payout every month | Rachel Schallom | December 4, 2020 | Fortune
Rita King likely would have disagreed with that sentiment when Evans entered the lockup room in back in April 2011.I Was Beaten By Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends | Justin Glawe | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was captured and sent to the U.S. lockup at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad | Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai | December 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inside a secure so-called lockup room on the top floor of the William McChesney Martin Jr.
MSNBC—home of said preacher and also of lockup, a reality show about prison that is its biggest draw—can only spin.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America | Elizabeth Wurtzel | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just this Monday, Facebook stock declined to $18.87 in intraday trading on concerns about the lockup expiring.Early Investor Lockup Expires, But Facebook Gains Anyway | Matthew Zeitlin | November 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In accordance therewith a lockup was provided and cells built under the market.A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County Volume II | Stephen M. Ostrander
Her most anxious thoughts concerned the means of getting money to lockup Harry's tongue.Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
If I see you around here when any more tests are going on Ill take you to the lockup myself.The Motor Boys in the Clouds | Clarence Young
Been in some other lockup, I suppose, since we saw you last?Airship Andy | Frank V. Webster
The policeman led his prisoner away to the lockup, while all the rest of us followed up the search for half an hour.Up the River | Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for lock up
Also: lock in, lock away (tr) to imprison or confine
to lock or secure the doors, windows, etc, of (a building)
(tr) to keep or store securely: secrets locked up in history
(tr) to invest (funds) so that conversion into cash is difficult
printing to secure (type, etc) in a chase or in the bed of the printing machine by tightening the quoins
the action or time of locking up
a jail or block of cells
British a small shop with no attached quarters for the owner or shopkeeper
British a garage or storage place separate from the main premises
stock exchange an investment that is intended to be held for a relatively long period
printing the pages of type held in a chase by the positioning of quoins
lock-up British and NZ (of premises) without living accommodation: a lock-up shop
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Other Idioms and Phrases with lockup
Close a house or place of work, fastening all the doors and windows, as in The attendant locks up at eleven o'clock every night, or Did you remind Abby to lock up? [Late 1500s]
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