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

With the Dow Chemical lockout in Deer Park stretching into its sixth week, Harris County commissioners have thrown their weight behind the 235 chemical union members out of work. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County commissioners back locked out Dow workers amid safety concerns," 5 June 2019 But the latest figures show no such spike in prices or activity — so what’s going on, and will there be a wave of new buyers when company lockout periods end? Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 Following a lockout, Carter took the NBA world by storm in a shortened season with his rim-rattling dunks for the Toronto Raptors, while Williams' behind-the-back, over-the-head, no-look passing proved to be equally as entertaining in Sacramento. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NBA draft: Ranking the five most prolific classes of all-time," 18 June 2019 Company spokeswoman Ashley Mendoza confirmed the end of the lockout Friday morning. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Dow Chemical lockout ending in Deer Park," 7 June 2019 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

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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 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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