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

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Overall, there were more such disputes than in any year since 2007, and more people on strike or lockout than... Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Number of Workers Striking Across the U.S. Jumped in 2018," 8 Feb. 2019 The top three reasons why AAA receives roadside assistance calls: flat tires, dead batteries, and lockouts, says Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations for AAA Northeast. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Still, thanks to strong Democratic enthusiasm, party officials are less concerned about a lockout there. NBC News, "Three things to watch in California's crucial primary races Tuesday," 5 June 2018 All schools in the search area Monday followed lockout procedures — allowing students to move throughout campus but admitting no guests or visitors. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "With arrest of Waffle House shooting suspect, 'Nashville can breathe a sign of relief,' mayor says," 23 Apr. 2018 Of the 102 million drivers on the road, AAA expects to rescue more than 960,000 motorists during the holiday period due to dead batteries, lockouts, flat tires, and more. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Some players expect a lockout when the deal expires. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Earl Thomas and Seahawks gambled on contract, and both lost," 2 Oct. 2018 Since his struggles with the Browns amid a lockout and an ownership change, Shurmur had success as an OC, getting career years out of Nick Foles, Case Keenum, and the like. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Giants Fans, Meet Pat Shurmur," 23 Jan. 2018 RockShox remote-lockout fork, Shimano shifter and brakes, Maxxis tires—but the major parts are all Yamaha. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "What's the Point of an Electric Mountain Bike?," 16 Dec. 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined above

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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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