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lock someone out

Definition of lock someone out in English:

1Keep someone out of a room or building by locking the door: she had locked him out of his own house
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  • ‘And you can prevent it by simply turning the key in the door and locking them out,’ he said.
  • She responded by inviting him to her room and locked him out in the corridor.
  • And the point is, I'm staring at the door because I am locked out.
2(Of an employer) subject employees to a lockout: coal miners had been locked out by the mine owners
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  • The strikers occupied factories to prevent employers from locking them out, and these sit-ins became festivals, intended both to reclaim workplaces for the workers and to spread the protests.
  • But their employer locked them out last year, and they have been campaigning for their jobs ever since.
  • An employer has to pay his employees wages during a strike and cannot lock them out.
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