lockout

noun lock·out \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of lockout

: 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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First Known Use of lockout

1853

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lock out

verb

Definition of lock out

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

First Known Use of lock out

1853

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LOCKOUT Defined for English Language Learners

lockout

Definition of lockout for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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lockout

noun 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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