lock-up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"lock-up" in British English

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lock-upnoun [C]

uk   /ˈlɒk.ʌp/  us   /ˈlɑː.kʌp/
a ​smallroom, used as a ​prison, usually in a ​smalltown, in which ​criminals can be ​kept for a ​shorttime mainly UK a ​building where ​objects, ​especially a ​car, can be ​safelykept
(Definition of lock-up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lock up" in American English

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lock up

phrasal verb with lock  us   /lɑk/ verb [I/T]

lock up (DOOR)

to make a ​building or ​roomsafe by locking the ​door and ​fastening the ​windows: Don't ​forget to lock up when you ​leave the ​house.
(Definition of lock up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lock-up" in Business English

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lock-upnoun [C]

(also lockup) uk   us  
STOCK MARKET an ​agreement or ​period of ​time during which someone cannot get back the ​money they have ​invested: The moment the lock-up ​ended, the company's ​founderssold as much ​stock as they could get away with.lock-up agreement/provision/arrangement Management were ​barred from ​sellingshares under the ​terms of a lock-up ​agreement until 12 July. Some eurobonds have a lockup ​period of 90 days before they can be ​sold.
UK a ​building used for ​storing things safely: He ​stores the ​goods in a lock-up he ​rents near the ​market.
(Definition of lock-up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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