lockup

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noun lock·up \ˈläk-ˌəp\

Definition of lockup

  1. 1 :  jail; especially :  a local jail where persons are detained prior to court hearing

  2. 2 :  an act of locking :  the state of being locked

Examples of lockup in a sentence

  1. <the firm conviction that juvenile offenders should never be held in adult lockups>

1746

First Known Use of lockup

1746


LOCKUP Defined for English Language Learners

lockup

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noun lock·up \ˈläk-ˌəp\

Definition of lockup for English Language Learners

  • : a place where prisoners are kept

  • : a garage (sense 1) that is rented out


LOCKUP Defined for Kids

lockup

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noun lock·up \ˈläk-ˌəp\

Definition of lockup for Students

  1. :  prison


Law Dictionary

lockup

noun lock·up

Legal Definition of lockup

  1. 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. 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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