lock·​up | \ ˈläk-ˌəp How to pronounce lockup (audio) \

Definition of lockup

1 : jail especially : a local jail where persons are detained prior to court hearing
2 : an act of locking : the state of being locked

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Examples of lockup in a Sentence

the firm conviction that juvenile offenders should never be held in adult lockups
Recent Examples on the Web Kamari Belmont was released on $100,000 bail — after his friend posted the necessary $10,000 to get him out of lockup — while he was being held on remaining robbery charges. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 12 July 2021 In a direct listing, a company doesn’t raise fresh capital and existing investors can sell shares on the open market, without the usual lockup-period restrictions of a traditional initial public offering. Swetha Gopinath, Fortune, 17 June 2021 By March, there were 54 people jailed in the county lockup. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Shortly after serving in five of the recent executions, Williams was named the interim warden of the high-profile New York City lockup where Jeffrey Epstein died in 2019. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, 17 Feb. 2021 By March, there were 54 people jailed in the county lockup. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 For several months, Avenatti was held in a notorious New York City federal lockup until shortly after a jury found the 50-year old guilty of trying to extort Nike. Fox News, 28 May 2021 Kelly appeared via video feed from a Chicago lockup dressed in an orange jumpsuit. Tom Hayes, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Secondly, in mid-December Snowflake saw its first lockup release post its IPO, allowing employees to sell 25% of their vested options. Trefis Team, Forbes, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of lockup

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jul 2021

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“Lockup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockup. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lockup

: a place where prisoners are kept
British : a garage (sense 1) that is rented out


lock·​up | \ ˈläk-ˌəp How to pronounce lockup (audio) \

Kids Definition of lockup

: prison



Legal Definition of lockup

1 : a cell or group of cells (as in a courthouse) or jail where persons are held prior to a court hearing — compare house of correction, house of detention, jail, penitentiary, prison
2 : the tactic of arranging with a friendly party an option to buy a valuable portion of one's corporate assets in order to discourage a takeover by another party

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