Definition of lock someone/thing in or into in English:

lock someone/thing in (or into)

1Involve someone or something in (a difficult or competitive situation): they were locked in a legal battle
More example sentences
  • Historically, war locks nations into an economy where preparation and fighting consumes billions of dollars.
  • On his travels, Sachs started noticing geographic, historic and social circumstances that lock countries into poverty traps.
  • As the government's increase in prescription charges shows, we are not locked into a situation where changes cannot be made.
1.1Oblige a person or company to abide by the terms of a contract for a specific period: you’re locked in to the society’s standard variable rate throughout that time
More example sentences
  • It is not just PFI schools that find themselves locked into long-term contracts.
  • Or because rates were moving so fast, they never locked in the promised rate.
  • The owners are demanding the lengthening of rookie contracts, which lock players into a preset wage scale, from the present three-year agreement to five years.
See parent entry: lock

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day hypnopompic
Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
adjective
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up