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English definition of “lock sb out”

lock sb out

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

(STOP ENTERING)

B2 to prevent someone from entering a building or room by locking the door: He had to break into the house because his girlfriend had locked him out.Locking and bolting

(STOP WORKING)

usually disapproving 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
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