Jump to navigation Jump to search
- (transitive) To imprison or incarcerate (someone).
- 2020 July 23, Chris Daw, “'A stain on national life': why are we locking up so many children?'”, in The Guardian:
- In 1970, a new era of “getting tough” on young offenders really began to gather momentum with the incoming Conservative government. The number of juveniles locked up each year increased by 500% between 1965 and 1980.
- (transitive) To invest in something long term.
- (intransitive) To close all doors and windows (of a place) securely.
- (intransitive, computing) To cease responding; to freeze.
- When I press this button, the program locks up.
- (transitive, computing) To cause (a program) to cease responding or to freeze.
- If your password contains a particular string of letters, entering it can lock up the login form.
- (intransitive, mechanics) To stop moving; to seize.
- To lose one's forward momentum; to freeze.
- (intransitive, motor racing) To (mistakenly) cause or have one of one's wheels to lock up (stop spinning).
- 2019 September 8, Andrew Benson, BBC Sport:
- Twelve laps later, Leclerc locked up at the first chicane and clattered over the run-off area. Again, Hamilton got a run on him, and this time Leclerc defended robustly through the flat-out Curva Grande, moving very late to block Hamilton to the Ferrari's left.
- (intransitive, boating) To travel through a flight of locks on a waterway in an uphill direction.
- Antonym: lock down
to imprison or incarcerate someone
to close the doors and windows securely
of a computer: to cease responding