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English definition of “lock sb out”

lock sb out

(STOP WORKING) usually disapproving phrasal verb with lock     /lɒk/ US  /lɑːk/ verb
to prevent workers from entering their place of work until they agree to particular conditions given by the employer : Management has threatened to lock out the workforce if they do not accept the proposed changes in working methods .Industrial action
(Definition of lock sb out (STOP WORKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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