Definition of lockup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈläkˌəp/


1A jail, especially a temporary one.
Example sentences
  • She has visited scores of penal facilities in Latin America and the United States, including over thirty prisons, jails, and police lock-ups in Brazil.
  • Other suggestions include all-women police stations, separate jails and lock-ups for women.
  • In the past couple of years, we have seen attacks on police stations, lock-ups and even on jails, where senior officials judges were killed.
2The locking up of premises for the night.
Example sentences
  • The little gas stoves that every inmate uses to make coffee double up as cookers and from the 7.30 pm lock-up the aroma of frying onions signals the start of the preparation of evening meals.
2.1The time of doing this: hurrying back to their dorms before lockup
3The action of becoming fixed or immovable: anti-lock braking helps prevent wheel lockup
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  • Supposedly lock-ups and graphical flaws run rampant, but I only encountered one small bug throughout my playing the game.
  • It ships with version 1.05 and runs smoothly with no lock-ups or crashes.
  • Most of the other bugs in the game are similar to previous instalments, lock-ups, missing reports, etc.
4An investment in assets that cannot readily be realized or sold in the short term.
Example sentences
  • The Agere shares are not subject to a lock-up, so Massana's former shareholders can sell them at any time for cash.
  • The shares, which were not subject to a lock-up, rose sharply in the weeks after the deal.
  • The stock it's getting is subject to lock-ups expiring in three years.

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Syllabification: lock·up

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