lock away

phrasal verb
locked away; locking away; locks away

Definition of lock away

1 : to put (something) in a locked container, place, etc. The jewelry was locked away in a cabinet.
2 : to put (someone) in a locked place (such as a prison) for a long period of time lock away a criminal The state locked their sister away in a psychiatric hospital.
3 : to keep (oneself) alone in a room or place for a long period of time He locked himself away in his room while he studied. He was locked away in his room while he studied.

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“Lock away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lock%20away. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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