Definition of lock-up in English:

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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.
jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre;
North American  jailhouse
informal cooler, slammer, jug, can, nick, stir, clink, quod, chokey, pen
2British Non-residential premises that can be locked up, typically a small shop or garage: [as modifier]: a lock-up garage
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  • Some of the money found inside a lock-up garage at the pub had come from her brother, who owed her about £1, 000, she said.
  • His solicitor, Lee Mott, said that he had bought his Fiesta car from a man in a pub and had decided to drive it to a lock-up garage where repairs could be carried out.
  • Mr Moloney said the bomb was dismantled and left in a lock-up garage in Brussels where Belgian police found it in January 1988.
3 [mass noun] The 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.
3.1The time when premises are locked up: hurrying back to their houses before lock-up
4 [mass noun] The action of becoming fixed or immovable: anti-lock braking helps prevent wheel lock-up
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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.
5An investment in assets which cannot readily be realized or sold on 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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