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 Roads around the scene of the crash were closed for about three hours, and several Beaverton School District schools were on lockout during the incident. oregonlive, "Man arrested after crashing car, barricading himself in a house and making a sandwich, police say," 22 Nov. 2019 Unlike strikes or lockouts or scandals, this coronavirus crisis affects everyone and everything. Matt Friedman, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Friedman: How sports can overcome this no-win pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020 Extending the season was a nonissue with the players in 2011, when the current 10-year deal was finalized after a 4 1/2-month lockout. cleveland, "NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season," 15 Mar. 2020 While the lockout officially ended the week of Sept. 14 (the original date of the orchestra’s season-opening concert), musicians refused to return to work without a contract. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Concert review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns after labor dispute, honoring Christopher Rouse," 28 Sep. 2019 Since version 7, Android has provided protection against screen-lockout attacks but only if users have set a password to lock their device screens to begin with. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "The Internet is drowning in COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams," 16 Mar. 2020 The lockouts, when the NBA came back with two-week training camps, offer some indications. Jonathan Feigen, ExpressNews.com, "Training days: NBA tries to help players stay in shape during layoff," 29 Mar. 2020 All those things are small concerns when weighed against the specter of fan lockouts, or worse, fears of a spreading contagion that would render insignificant anything related to basketball. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Flu fears take a backseat for one night as Warriors play to a rockin’ crowd," 7 Mar. 2020 In the two years immediately following the 2004-05 lockout, seven players each season hit the mark, including Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, and Dany Heatley as repeaters. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s why the NHL All-Star Game would be better at the start of season," 31 Jan. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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