Business Dictionary :
Lock : noun : device for closing a door or box so that it can be opened only with a key
The lock is broken on the petty cash box.
Lock : verb : to close a door with a key so that it cannot be opened
I have forgotten the combination of the lock on my briefcase.
The manager forgot to lock the door of the computer room.
Lock Out : verb : to lock out workers = to shut the factory door so that workers cannot get in and so force them not to work until the conditions imposed by the management are met
The petty cash box was not locked.
Lockout : noun : industrial dispute where the management will not let the workers into the factory until they have agreed to the management's conditions
Lock Up : verb : to lock up a shop or an office = to close and lock the door at the end of the day's work
To lock up capital = to have capital invested in such a way that it cannot be used for other investments
Locking Up : noun : the locking up of money in stock = investing money in stock so that it cannot be used for other possibly more profitable investments
Lock-Up : adjective : lock-up shop = shop which has no living accommodation and which the proprietor locks at night when it is closed
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