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English definition of “be locked in sth”

be locked in sth

phrasal verb with lock     /lɒk/ US  /lɑːk/ verb
to be prevented from moving by something: We were locked in traffic for over two hours on the way home.Immobility If you are locked in a situation or process, it is impossible for you to escape or make progress from it: Both parties wish to avoid being locked in discussions that will resolve nothing.Lack of freedom to act
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