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[lok-out] /ˈlɒkˌaʊt/
the temporary closing of a business or the refusal by an employer to allow employees to come to work until they accept the employer's terms.
Origin of lockout
1850-55; noun use of verb phrase lock out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Had these rules been recognized by the bricklayers in Chicago there would have been no strike, no lockout.

    30,000 Locked Out. James C. Beeks
  • This lockout is the turning point in the history of trade unionism in England.

  • To attain their end these associations made liberal use of the lockout, the blacklist, and armed guards and detectives.

  • No more were they worried by slack times, strike and lockout, and the union label.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • Promptly he imposed a lockout on his rebellious progeny and erring spouse.

    The House of Pride Jack London
Word Origin and History for lockout

also lock-out, "act of locking out workers," 1854, from lock (v.) + out.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lockout in Culture

lockout definition

The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a plant by an employer during a labor dispute.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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