Origin of lockup

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase lock up
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  • About all he was good for was keeping a blurred eye on the lockup and running in drunks.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • "Then take me back to the Gonzales lockup," muttered Stiger.

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • You can march off to the lockup—all three of you if you like; but one of you, anyhow.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • They were sent to the lockup again, and our party resumed their merrymaking.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • I would rather stay with you until two o'clock than go to the lockup.

    Under Fire

    Frank A. Munsey