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 Now News Group) Hadfield Elementary School in Waukesha went on lockout for a few hours Wednesday afternoon because of a report of a suicidal man with a handgun in the neighborhood. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A police standoff prompted a lockout at Hadfield Elementary School in Waukesha," 23 Oct. 2019 Sunset High School had also been under a lockout, but it had been cleared by 9:05 a.m. A Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said authorities are searching for a man with a gun in the area of Northwest Old Quarry Road and 119th Avenue. oregonlive, "Suspect found in Beaverton search that prompted school lockouts," 12 Sep. 2019 In 26-plus years as the NHL’s commissioner Gary Bettman has made lockouts nearly as inevitable as Alexander Ovechkin scoring a power-play goal from the left circle but far less fun to watch. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lost leverage by NHL players’ union means it will have to trust Gary Bettman," 17 Sep. 2019 Schools in Banks were put under lockout for a short time, according to the sheriff’s office. oregonlive, "Banks kidnapping suspect hid in woman’s car for hours, prevented her escape, deputies say," 11 Sep. 2019 Many need help due to dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Hitting the road? Packing these 10 simple things could save your life," 31 Aug. 2019 The schools continued with normal operations during the lockout mode, but no one was allowed to enter or leave during that time. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Threat puts 2 Tuscaloosa County schools in lockout mode; suspect in custody," 13 Aug. 2019 He was found about three blocks away from the house around 10 a.m. The Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Bonny Slope Elementary School and Sunset High School were all placed on lockout as authorities searched for Carlson. oregonlive, "Roommate fight triggers gunshots, 911 calls and school lockdowns in Beaverton area, deputies say," 13 Sep. 2019 Shenandoah Elementary, located less than a mile away from the scene, was placed on a lockout because of the shooting, which lasted until about 6:30 p.m. Parents were notified by a phone call by Principal Pamela Crabb. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County man injured in domestic shooting, suspect faces attempted murder charge," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of lockout was in 1853

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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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