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English definition of “lock sb out of sth”

lock sb out of sth

phrasal verb with lock     /lɒk/ US  /lɑːk/ verb
to prevent a person or organization from having or being able to take part in something: The company risks being locked out of China's booming car market.Advantage and disadvantage
(Definition of lock sb out of sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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