lock·out | \ˈläk-ˌau̇t \

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

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Definition of lock out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Unlike the lockout fears, the women surge certainly held steady in the results. Harry Enten, CNN, "'Top-two' fears appear overblown and women dominate in Tuesday's primary elections," 6 June 2018 Then there are the three Southern California districts where the top two lockouts for Democrats could happen: In Orange County’s open 39th District (where Ed Royce is retiring), either party could actually be locked out of the general election. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is a Lot at Stake in California’s Primaries Today," 5 June 2018 Lebanon High School is under lockdown, and all other schools in the small Linn County city are on lockout, according to the local school district. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Lebanon High on lockdown, other schools on lockout; no shooting reported," 18 May 2018 Hawthorne Elementary School, 1111 Maitland Drive, was placed on a precautionary lockout after an elderly man reportedly asked a TruGreen lawn-care service technician to shoot him with his own gun shortly before noon Tuesday, April 10. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Multiple suicide calls provided tense moments for Waukesha police and schools," 12 Apr. 2018 The Democrats’ House campaign arm, which had become a punching bag for conservatives and liberal insurgents alike, had one job Tuesday: avoid a lockout in California. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Slow waves, high turnout and no lockouts: Four lessons from this week’s primaries," 7 June 2018 The three of them, in addition to Dixon and Sato gave Honda a lockout of the top five positions. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 According to Local 280 President John Valenzuela, the union has twice struck -- in 1969 and 1992, though the latter was a lockout. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pari-Mutuel workers vote to strike in buildup to Del Mar opener," 13 July 2018 This is one of the effects of Sydney’s notorious four-year-old lockout laws, which limit late-night drinking. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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