Definition of lockout in English:


Syllabification: lock·out
Pronunciation: /ˈläkˌout


  • 1The exclusion of employees by their employer from their place of work until certain terms are agreed to.
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    • The company claims the wage rise is totally unacceptable and has refused to lift the lockout until the union ends all industrial action.
    • Management offered to lift the lockout if employees accept a proposal allowing the company to cut jobs and working conditions.
    • Union leaders said they expected the lockout and blamed the employers for inflaming already tense negotiations.
  • 2A device used to ensure that machines remain inoperable while repairs or adjustments are made.

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