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1. Informal A jail, especially one in which offenders are held while awaiting a court hearing.
a. The act or an instance of locking.
b. The state of being locked.



1. a jail, esp. a local one for temporary detention.
2. the act of locking up or the state of being locked up.
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Noun1.lockup - jail in a local police station
gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer, clink - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
2.lockup - the act of locking something up to protect itlockup - the act of locking something up to protect it
protection - the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"


Informal. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention:
Informal: pen.
Chiefly Regional: calaboose.
References in classic literature ?
The fight concerned a trunk and ended by the doctor's being escorted to the vil- lage lockup.
Didn't he write in those idiotic broadsheets that anyone, 'whoever it might be, should be dragged to the lockup by his hair'?
Then he remembered how he had spent a night in the lockup for disorderly conduct in the street.
Thus, the association between weak long run performance of IPOs and senior insider sales following IPO lockups cannot be fully explained by market efficiency.
According to the report, lockups, which typically last 90 to 180 days, are designed to prevent the market from being swamped with too many of a company's shares immediately after an IPO, as keeping the amount of stock scarce can help boost the price.
Lockups are designed to prevent a stock from experiencing the kind of volatility that might occur if too many shareholders decide to sell at once.
The whole problem with the stock has been with the lockups coming up," said Herman Leung, an analyst at Susquehanna International Group in San Francisco, who has a positive rating on the shares.
Even the investors that I talk to who want to buy the stock and like the company are not sure if they can stomach the lockups.
He said lockups' condition would be improved by providing blankets in winter and fans in summer to the prisoners, while the floors of lockups would be tiled for providing the accused a proper place to stay during detention period.
When we had to consolidate operations during the 2002 budget crisis, we combined functions of the Chatsworth and Van Nuys lockups.
95) is a recommended pick for network administrators called upon to hone troubleshooting skills: the methodology and process of network troubleshooting is presented in terms of real-world examples, from basic to advance, covering everything from Windows non-starts and lockups to vanishing servers and email flaws.
A reset pin (/RST) drives the processor-reset input during power faults, power-up and -down, and software lockups.