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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 ?
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.
The fight concerned a trunk and ended by the doctor's being escorted to the vil- lage lockup.
Four former and current Texas Juvenile Justice Department guards were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged abuse at state-run youth lockups.
the 1980s, the new generation of asset lockups tends to involve
The security around lockups in police stations and in Kutcheris should also be enhanced to avoid escape of prisoners", he said adding that no one should be allowed to meet the prisoners in lockups in the Kutcheris to avert any untoward incident.
In his opinion, Bouchard also dismissed allegations that Goldman Sachs & Co and Morgan Stanley had done anything wrong by collecting fees from Zynga when it lifted lockups for the executive investors.
SIR - Barclay Sansom's article on keeping your valuables safe at summer music festivals ("There's a lot you can do to ensure thieves don't ruin your festival-going", June 8) contained some good advice, but omitted the best advice - if you're going to Glastonbury festival, use the free property lockups.
In this paper, we provide evidence about the predictive power of long run returns offered by top executive selling behavior following IPO lockups.
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.