lockup

noun
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 Secondly, Palantir’s IPO lockup period – through which insiders are forbidden to sell their holdings – will expire following its next earnings release, likely in mid-February. Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 June 2021 By March, there were 54 people jailed in the county lockup. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 By March, there were 54 people jailed in the county lockup. Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 In 2012, Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in federal lockup. Breeanna Hare And Marika Gerken, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 Other local jails across the nation, including Seminole County’s lockup two years ago, have instituted similar changes, and the federal Bureau of Prisons also recently started testing out a similar process to provide mail digitally. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Firstly, Coinbase went public via a direct listing, which enables insiders to sell shares right away without the usual post IPO lockup period that limits the initial supply of shares. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Lap 1 contact with Newgarden poked a hole in Bourdais’s nose cone and cost him downforce the entire race after starting fifth; and an early poor pitstop, combined with a late-race lockup surrendered a handful of positions to slot him 10th. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2021 Firstly, Coinbase went public via a direct listing, which enables insiders to sell shares right away without the usual post IPO lockup period that limits the initial supply of shares. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of lockup

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2021

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“Lockup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockup. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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lockup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lockup

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

lockup

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

Kids Definition of lockup

: prison

lockup

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lock·​up

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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