- lock1 W3S2 [lɔk US la:k] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(fasten something)¦2¦(keep in a safe place)¦3¦(fixed position)¦4¦(fixed situation)¦5 be locked in battle/combat/dispute etc6 lock arms7 lock horns (with somebody)Phrasal verbslock somebody/something<=>awaylock inlock onto somethinglock somebody<=>outlock up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(FASTEN SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]to fasten something, usually with a key, so that other people cannot open it. or to be fastened like this▪ Did you lock the car?▪ I can't get this drawer to lock.see usage note ↑close12.) ¦(KEEP IN A SAFE PLACE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]to put something in a place and fasten the door, lid etc with a keylock sth in sth▪ Lock the cat in the kitchen.3.) ¦(FIXED POSITION)¦ [I and T]to become fixed in one position and impossible to move, or to make something become fixed▪ The wheels suddenly locked.lock sth around/round sth▪ He locked his hands around the younger man's throat.▪ A moment later they were locked in an embrace (=holding each other very tightly in a loving or friendly way) .▪ Their eyes locked together (=they could not look away from each other) for an instant.4.) ¦(FIXED SITUATION)¦ [T usually passive]if you are locked in a situation, you cannot get out of itbe locked in/into sth▪ Security forces and militants are locked in a vicious cycle of killing.▪ The company is locked into a three year contract with PARCO.5.) be locked in battle/combat/dispute etcto be involved in a long, serious argument or fight with someone▪ They are now locked in a bitter custody battle over the three children.6.) lock armsif people lock arms, they join their arms tightly with the arms of the people on either side▪ The police locked arms to form a barrier against the protesters.7.) lock horns (with sb)to argue or fight with someone▪ The band have now locked horns with their record company over the album.>lockable adjlock away [lock sb/sth<=>away] phr v1.) to put something in a safe place and lock the door, lid etc= ↑lock up▪ He locked his money away in the safe.2.) to put someone in prison= ↑lock up▪ I hope they lock him away for years.3.) lock yourself awayto keep yourself separate from other people by staying in your room, office etclock in phr v1.) lock sb in (sth)to prevent someone from leaving a room or building by locking the door▪ She locked herself in.▪ They locked the director in his office.2.) lock sth<=>into do something so that a price, offer, agreement etc cannot be changed▪ Sell your stocks now to lock in some of the gains of recent months.3.) lock sth<=>into make the taste, liquid etc remain in something▪ This method of cooking locks in the flavour of the meat.lock onto [lock onto sth] phr vlock out [lock sb<=>out] phr v1.) to keep someone out of a place by locking the doorlock somebody<=>out of▪ I locked myself out of the house!2.) if employers lock workers out, they do not let them enter their place of work until they accept the employers' conditions for settling a disagreement→↑lockoutlock up phr v1.) to make a building safe by locking the doors, especially at night▪ I'll leave you to lock up.lock sth<=>up▪ Don't forget to lock up the warehouse.2.) lock sth<=>upto put something in a safe place and lock the door, lid etc= ↑lock away3.) lock sb<=>upto put someone in prison= ↑lock away▪ Rapists should be locked up.4.) be locked up (in sth)if your money is locked up, you have put it into a business, ↑investment etc and cannot easily move it or use itlock 2lock2 S2 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(fastening)¦2 under lock and key3 lock, stock, and barrel4¦(hair)¦5¦(on a river etc)¦6¦(in a fight)¦7¦(vehicle)¦8¦(rugby)¦9 a lock on something▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Sense: 1-3, 5-9;Origin: Old English loc][Sense: 4; Origin: Old English locc]1.) ¦(FASTENING)¦a thing that keeps a door, drawer etc fastened and is usually opened with a key or by moving a small metal bar▪ I'm sorry, there isn't a lock on the bathroom door.▪ The key turned stiffly in the lock.▪ a bike lock2.) under lock and keya) kept safely in a box, cupboard etc that is locked▪ Dad keeps all his liquor under lock and key.b) kept in a place such as a prison3.) lock, stock, and barrelincluding every part of something▪ He moved the whole company, lock, stock, and barrel, to Mexico.4.) ¦(HAIR)¦a)a small number of hairs on your head that grow and hang togetherlock of▪ He gently pushed a lock of hair from her eyes.b) locks [plural] literarysomeone's hair▪ long flowing locks5.) ¦(ON A RIVER ETC)¦a part of a ↑canal or river that is closed off by gates so that the water level can be raised or lowered to move boats up or down a slope6.) ¦(IN A FIGHT)¦a ↑hold which ↑wrestlers use to prevent their opponent from moving▪ a head lock7.) ¦(VEHICLE)¦ [U and C]BrE the degree to which a vehicle's ↑steering wheel can be turned in order to turn the vehicle8.) ¦(RUGBY)¦a playing position in the game of ↑rugby9.) a lock on sthAmE complete control of something▪ Pro football still has a lock on male viewers aged 18 to 34.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.