lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Definition of lockout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the withholding of employment by an employer and the whole or partial closing of the business establishment in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

lock out

locked out; locking out; locks out

Definition of lock out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject (a body of employees) to a lockout

Examples of lockout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Using a lockout kit, police managed to open the passenger’s side door, put the car in park and awaken the driver. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Driver passes out behind the wheel: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 27 June 2020 When a white Wilson High student hurled a racist slur at a group of Newson’s Black classmates in April of 2019, footage of the incident spread on social media and ignited an upheaval that put the building into lockout. oregonlive, "As protests continue in Portland, Black students at Wilson High reflect on their own struggles against racism," 25 June 2020 Olmos Club Apartments’ owner will pay tenant Juanita Herrera DeLeon about $4,250 in damages to resolve her claims for fraud, unlawful lockout and unlawful debt collection. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio apartment owner agrees to pay tenant who was locked out during pandemic," 23 June 2020 The sides are increasingly dismayed with each other and appear headed to a spring training lockout in 2022. Ronald Blum, Cincinnati.com, "MLB tells players at most 60 games; 50 or fewer possible," 20 June 2020 The president of Epic Systems singled out employees of color in an email warning against a virtual lockout. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live protest updates: Common Council exploring cut to police budget in Milwaukee," 15 June 2020 From a football standpoint alone, the lockout of 2011 was worse. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Why Philip Rivers will spend NFL's off time throwing to any Colts available," 11 June 2020 Walsh felt compelled to shake things up after the Pacers lost to the New York Knicks in the 1999 conference finals, which came during a 50-game season because of the lockout. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "20 years later, Pacers reflect on only NBA Finals trip: 'You always wonder what could’ve been.'," 5 June 2020 The league, which has been shut down since March 12, had threatened a lockout before the MLSPA approved its latest proposal. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Major League Soccer players' new CBA runs through 2025, finalizes plan to resume season," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of lockout


1853, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Lockout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockout. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lockout

: a situation in which an employer tries to force workers to accept certain conditions by refusing to let them come to work until those conditions are accepted


lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Legal Definition of lockout

: the withholding of employment by an employer in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

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