- lock1 [ lak ] verb ***1. ) transitive to fasten something such as a door or a container, usually with a key, so that other people cannot open it:John went out and locked the door behind him.Have you locked the car?lock something in something: She locked the documents in the safe.a ) intransitive to become fastened with a lock:The door slammed and locked.This drawer won't lock.2. ) intransitive if something locks in a particular position, it is firmly fixed or held in that position:The brakes locked and the car spun off the road.a ) transitive to lock or fix something firmly in a particular position:He locked his arms around her waist.3. ) transitive COMPUTING to prevent information on a computer from being changed or looked at by someone who does not have permission:All entries are locked so no unauthorized modifications can be made.4. ) intransitive or transitive LITERARY if two people's eyes lock, they look directly into each other's eyeslocked in an embraceholding each other tightly:They were locked in a loving embrace.locked in (a) battle/debate/dispute/negotiations etc.involved in a fight, discussion, or argument that lasts a long time:The two sides were locked in fierce debate over the proposed merger deal.lock horns (with)to become involved in something such as a fight or competition with someone:Two of the NBA's top teams will lock horns with each other tomorrow.,lock a`way phrasal verb transitive1. ) lock away or lock up to put something in a place or container which you fasten with a lock:Valuable items should be locked away.2. ) lock away or lock up to put someone in a prison, or a hospital for mentally ill people:After the murder he was locked away for 50 years.3. ) lock yourself away to go somewhere where you can be alone:James locked himself away in his bedroom.,lock `in phrasal verb transitiveto put someone in a room and lock the door so they cannot leave:You can't keep me locked in.She went to her hotel room and locked herself in.lock in profits/gains etc.to get a lasting financial benefit, for example by selling STOCKS that have gone up in value before they can go back down,lock `into phrasal verb transitivelock someone/something into something to involve someone or something in a system, plan, etc. in such a way that they cannot easily escape from it:The currency is now locked into the European Monetary System.Their strategy is to lock subscribers into long-term contracts.,lock `out phrasal verb transitive1. ) if a company locks out its workers, it closes their place of work so that they cannot go to work until they agree to the employer's conditions2. ) to prevent someone from coming into a room or building by locking the door:She locked him out of the house after an argument.I locked myself out again could I use your phone?,lock `up phrasal verb1. ) intransitive or transitive to lock all the doors and windows of a building so that no one can get in:I locked up and went to bed.The last person to leave locks up the store.2. ) transitive same as LOCK AWAY 1:The documents were locked up.3. ) transitive same as LOCK AWAY 2:He was locked up for 12 years for armed robbery.locklock 2 [ lak ] noun **▸ 1 for preventing opening▸ 2 hair or group of hairs▸ 3 hold in fighting▸ 4 gates on river/canal▸ 5 in computing▸ 6 in rugby▸ + PHRASES1. ) count a part of a door, drawer, suitcase, etc. used for fastening it so that no one can open it. You usually open and close locks with a key, but if you pick a lock, you use something else to open it illegally.:He slowly turned the key in the lock.All the windows were equipped with locks.a ) a piece of equipment used for preventing someone from using a vehicle, machine, etc.:Use a steering-wheel lock for your car.b ) under lock and key in a room or container which is fastened with a lock:These files should be kept under lock and key.2. ) locks plural LITERARY hair:her flowing golden locksa ) a lock of hair a small piece of hair from someone's head:She cut off a lock of his hair and put it under her pillow.3. ) count a way of holding someone so that they cannot move when you are fighting4. ) count a place on a river or CANAL with a set of gates which open and close to allow boats in. The water can then be moved to a lower or higher level.5. ) count something that prevents information on a computer from being changed or looked at by someone who does not have permission6. ) count in RUGBY, a player in the second row of the SCRUMhave/get a lock on somethingto have/get total control of something or understand it completely:Both factions thought they had a lock on the latest trend.lock, stock, and barrelincluding every part of a particular thing, situation, place, etc.:They bought out the business lock, stock, and barrel.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.