Meaning of “lock sth away” in the English Dictionary

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"lock sth away" in British English

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lock sth away

phrasal verb with lock uk /lɒk/ us /lɑːk/ verb

(Definition of “lock sth away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lock sth away" in Business English

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lock sth away

informal
phrasal verb with lock uk /lɒk/ us verb

to put money in a place where it is not available to you for a long period:

lock sth away for 5 years/20 years, etc. We asked three financial advisers what they would recommend for someone who is prepared to lock the money away for 10 to 15 years.
Bonds lock money away for between one and five years but tend to pay higher rates of interest than instant-access accounts.

(Definition of “lock sth away” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)