Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to imprison or incarcerate someone
  • v. to invest in something long term
  • v. to close all doors and windows of a place securely
  • v. (computing) to cease responding, to freeze
  • v. (mechanics) to stop moving, to seize

Etymologies

lock + up (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (At this time of year Vin always took care to lock up the cupboard in which his sea-fishing tackle was kept: he was afraid that Mrs. Adie might have her eye on the weights.)

    Mrs. Miniver

  • ` We'd lock up the people that peddle that filth if it wasn't for you federal people.

    I Don’t Understand ?

  • My muscles could lock up this way and I would be known as Ol Hunchback for the rest of the year, and you never see hunchbacks winning track meets.

    What Would Emma Do?

  • On similar mornings in the old days, the golden days, Pan's mischievous piping on the outskirts of a village would be the signal for the village men to lock up their wives and daughters.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The skirmishers would go first, the thin line of Riflemen and redcoats wading the Alberche to drive off the sentries and lock up the French Voltigeurs so that they could not blunt the attack of the massed British Battalions which would follow on to the French flank.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • Well, I'll tell you, Mr. Lolla-Wossiky, we got no place to lock up drunk Reds around here, cause around here Reds don't get drunk.

    He Don't Know Him

  • For if a slave can have a country in this world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labour for another: in which he must lock up the faculties of his nature, contribute as far as depends on his individual endeavours to the evanishment of the human race, or entail his own miserable condition on the endless generations proceeding from him.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • Clarkson wanted to lock up Isom very much, but he knew what a strong will his wife had, and how hard it would be to get her right when she got wrong, hence he complied with her request.

    My Life in the South

  • The only problem they couldn't solve was that while they could lock up all Meliorate research, they couldn't account for the results of all their experiments.

    Flinx In Flux

  • Not all of the hard-core unemployed would prefer entry-level jobs to life on the streets, and no program to help ex-felons will eliminate the need to lock up hardened criminals, those whose habits of violence are too deeply entrenched.

    The Audacity of Hope

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