lock out

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lock out (plural lock outs)

  1. An event in which an employer bars employees from working as a tactic in negotiating terms of employment, particularly in response to a strike or threat to strike.



lock out (third-person singular simple present locks out, present participle locking out, simple past and past participle locked out)

  1. To prevent from entering a place, particularly oneself, inadvertently.
    I've locked myself out of my room again
  2. (computing) To prevent from accessing a data structure.
    The synchronize keyword locks out all other threads trying to access the object


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