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lock up

vb (adverb)
1. (tr) Also: lock in or lock away to imprison or confine
2. to lock or secure the doors, windows, etc, of (a building)
3. (tr) to keep or store securely: secrets locked up in history.
4. (Banking & Finance) (tr) to invest (funds) so that conversion into cash is difficult
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing to secure (type, etc) in a chase or in the bed of the printing machine by tightening the quoins
6. the action or time of locking up
7. a jail or block of cells
8. (Commerce) Brit a small shop with no attached quarters for the owner or shopkeeper
9. Brit a garage or storage place separate from the main premises
10. (Stock Exchange) stock exchange an investment that is intended to be held for a relatively long period
11. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the pages of type held in a chase by the positioning of quoins
: lock-up Brit and NZ (of premises) without living accommodation: a lock-up shop.
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Verb1.lock up - secure by locking; "lock up the house before you go on vacation"
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
2.lock up - place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape; "The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe"
confine - prevent from leaving or from being removed
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w>lock up

vt sep
thing, houseabschließen; personeinsperren; to lock something up in somethingetw in etw (dat)einschließen; he ought to be locked up!den müsste man einsperren!
(Comm) capitalfest anlegen


(lok) noun
1. a mechanism for fastening doors etc. He put the key in the lock.
2. a closed part of a canal for raising or lowering boats to a higher or lower part of the canal.
3. the part of a gun by which it is fired.
4. a tight hold (in wrestling etc).
to fasten or become fastened with a lock. She locked the drawer; This door doesn't lock.
ˈlocker noun
a small cupboard, especially for sports equipment.
ˈlocket (-kit) noun
a little ornamental case hung round the neck. a gold locket containing a piece of his hair.
ˈlocksmith noun
a person who makes and mends locks.
lock in
to prevent from getting out of a building etc by using a lock. She found she was locked in, and had to climb out of the window.
lock out
to prevent from getting into a building etc by using a lock. Don't lock yourself out (of the house) by forgetting to take your key with you.
lock up
1. to confine or prevent from leaving or being taken away by using a lock. to lock up a prisoner / one's jewellery.
2. to lock whatever should be locked. He locked up and left the shop about 5.30 p.m.
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