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lock 1

American English: /lɑk/
British English: /lɒk/


  • 1 countable (device) under lock and key
    bajo llave
    lock, stock and barrelhe sold up lock, stock and barrel
    vendió absolutamente todo
    she rejected the plan lock, stock and barrel
    rechazó el plan de lleno or de plano
    Example sentences
    • Andrew said the thieves had cut through his bike lock before stealing the machine, which had been parked off Fossgate.
    • A protective husband accused of beating a man to death with a steering lock after his wife's car was damaged acted in self-defence, a court heard yesterday.
    • You've tried three times now, and all you've managed to do is break the steering lock.
  • 2 countable (on canal) (before noun) lock gate
    Example sentences
    • It was nicknamed the Everest of canals because its 91 locks lifted boats 600 ft.
    • During low stages on the Mississippi River, flood control locks are opened seasonally to drain the interior floodplain waters.
    • But a surprising number of deaths are also caused because manatees have no fear of Florida's underwater canal gates and locks.
  • 3 countable (in wrestling) arm/head lock
    llave de brazo/cabeza
    to have a lock on something (US)
    tener el control de algo
    Example sentences
    • I worked out ways to defeat the headlocks, body locks and rear holds from wrestling.
    • The Kimura lock is the favourite armlock of Marcus Soares: once he locks it on, there is no escape.
    • This is the reason leg locks are barred in judo contests.
  • 4 uncountable (British) (Motor Vehicles) keep it on full lock
    dale al volante hasta el tope
    this car has a good lock
    este coche tiene un buen radio or ángulo de giro
    Example sentences
    • Out of the hairpins the H1 is perfectly happy at 45 degrees, with half a turn of opposite lock and the rear wheels spinning up a treat.
    • The steering lock is not brilliant, but it never is on a race car, though of course at racing speeds you do not need much lock to change direction!
    • Turning lock is good though and despite no power steering, it's relatively easy to manoeuvre for a big car.
    Example sentences
    • This culminates in a hairpin taken in first gear with the steering wheel virtually at full lock.
    • Thus, at a crawl, you can achieve full lock in three-quarters of a turn of the steering wheel - which means that you can reverse into a parking space without winding your arms around each other and gradually dislocating your shoulders.
    • Even on full lock and teasing it with your right foot, the car just glides around with no kickback through the power assisted steering.
  • 5 countablelock (forward) (in rugby)
    delantero (-ra) (masculine, feminine) de segunda línea (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • It is her plan to represent Scotland as a lock forward at Rugby that causes both her mother and me the most concern.
    • Just like last weekend's international match, this game was dominated by a red card to a lock forward and, just like last Sunday, it came after just 20 minutes.
    • And it must have been pretty hard accepting having a lock forward move back into his eighthman spot for the two biggest matches in South Africa's proud rugby history.

transitive verb

  • 1 (fasten)
    cerrar (con llave)
    to lock somebody in a room
    encerrar a alguien en una habitación
    he locked the money in the chest
    guardó el dinero bajo llave en el cofre
    Example sentences
    • She closed the door behind her and locked it with the chain lock just above her head.
    • He then left the room, shutting the door behind him, and locking it securely.
    • I sprinted up the stairs and shut my bedroom door behind me, locking it securely.
  • 2 (immobilize)
    (wheel/steering wheel)
    to be locked in somethinglocked in a passionate embrace
    fundidos en un apasionado abrazo
    they are locked in a loveless marriage
    están atrapados en un matrimonio sin amor
    they are locked in a battle of wills
    están enzarzados en una lucha de resistencia
    Example sentences
    • He stepped forward rigidly, his eyes locking on hers.
    • Shooting doesn't require the knees to be visibly bent; the point is they shouldn't be rigidly locked.
    • His armed were pinned down at his side, his legs locked rigidly parallel of each other.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (fasten, secure)
    cerrarse con llave
  • 2 (become immobile)
    Example sentences
    • The outer doors lock automatically at 8:00 p.m., three hours after the retail section has shut down.
    • Hurriedly, they moved inside and toward another elevator, the door locking automatically behind them.
    • What's more, when he enters, the doors lock automatically and he's trapped inside.

Phrasal verbs

lock away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
guardar bajo llave

lock in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

lock into

verb + object + preposition + object
to become locked into a relationship
quedar atrapado en una relación

lock on

verb + adverb
quedar sujeto

lock onto

verb + preposition + object
the module locks onto the vessel
el módulo se acopla a la nave
the receiver locks onto the station automatically
el receptor capta la estación automáticamente
he locked onto the question of finance
no hubo quien lo sacara del tema de la financiación

lock out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
I locked myself out (of the house) this morning
esta mañana me quedé afuera sin llaves para volver a entrar
the workers were locked out
hubo un cierre patronal or un lock-out
hubo un paro patronal (Latin America)

lock up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1
guardar bajo llave
cerrar con llave
my money is locked up in the business
mi dinero está atado or metido en el negocio
1.4 (make sure of) (US) [colloquial] he has the appointment locked up
tiene el nombramiento asegurado
tiene el nombramiento en el bote [colloquial]
tiene el nombramiento en la bolsa (Mexico) [colloquial]
2verb + adverb
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lock 2

American English: /lɑk/
British English: /lɒk/


  • (of hair) her golden locks (literary or humorous)
    sus rizos de oro (literary or humorous)
    his greasy locks
    sus greñas grasientas
    Example sentences
    • His eyebrows knit angrily together under a lock of loose black hair.
    • He had thick black hair, a lock of which was hanging over his eye.
    • She twisted a lock of bright hair between her fingers.
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