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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the firm conviction that juvenile offenders should never be held in adult lockups
Recent Examples on the Web Early rear lockup stretched its stopping distance to 218 feet. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Ferrari F40 Feasts on the Timid," 2 July 2020 The coin’s three founders -- Akon, Karas and Lynn Liss, who also serves as chief operating officer -- are subject to a six-month lockup period and are released slowly thereafter. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, "Singer Akon Is Launching a Cryptocurrency, Building Senegal City," 15 June 2020 The state's juvenile lockup is getting a new superintendent as Wisconsin officials prepare to miss a deadline requiring them to close the facility next year. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Juvenile facility Lincoln Hills gets new superintendent," 12 June 2020 The figures released Tuesday include 116 new cases among inmates in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department who are being housed at a lockup in Otero County. USA TODAY, "Subway changes, school schedules, parks shortfalls: News from around our 50 states," 4 June 2020 Lipscomb had been in the county lockup since his December 2019 arrest. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "County inmate who died in April had meth, heroin and fentanyl in system, autopsy shows," 3 June 2020 Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court spokeswoman Mary Davidson said the lockup now has three inmates with coronavirus. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Two more test positive for coronavirus at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center," 11 May 2020 Salazar plans to screen all 3,000 inmates and 900 detention deputies at the downtown lockup. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "'Going to skyrocket': Why sheriff predicted spike in COVID-19 cases at the Bexar County Jail," 4 May 2020 But discussions about a new jail or renovations at the current lockup have been ongoing for years, as have millions of dollars in Band-Aid fixes at the facility. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Millage request for new Macomb County Jail put on hold due to coronavirus, economy," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lockup

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lockup was in 1746

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6 Jul 2020

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“Lockup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockup. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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