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.
More example sentences
  • 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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