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noun lock·up \ ˈläk-ˌəp \

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

Examples of lockup in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of lockup

1746

lockup Synonyms

Synonyms
bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, jail, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
outside

LOCKUP Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun lock·up \ ˈläk-ˌəp \

Definition of lockup for Students


Law Dictionary

lockup

noun 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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