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 Foundation Food Group has 15 days to respond to OSHA's action citing the company for 26 violations, including not telling its workers that liquid nitrogen was used in the freezer, and failing to develop and use lockout procedures. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 23 July 2021 With rocky negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement looming, there will be plenty of back-room whispering about a possible lockout or strike. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 The lockout ends when the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association finalize a six-year collective bargaining agreement. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 The union considers the lockout to be an unfair labor practice, and filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 The officer used a lockout tool to enter the car and place the dog into his patrol car. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 15 June 2021 Cruz and the Senate could take the lockout card off the table. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 There was a good excuse for the late arrival: The NHL missed the 2004-05 season because of an owners lockout. Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 However, with labor strife hitting the league and a lockout coming, Snyder found himself in a tenuous position. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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