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English definition of “be locked in sth”

be locked in sth

verb uk phrasal verb with lock   /lɒk/ us    /lɑːk/
to be prevented from moving by something: We were locked in traffic for over two hours on the way home. If you are locked in a situation or process, it is impossible for you to escape or make progress from it: Both parties wish to avoid being locked in discussions that will resolve nothing.
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