lockout

lockout

[lok-out]
noun
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:
1850–55; noun use of verb phrase lock out

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lockout
"act of locking out workers," 1854, from lock (1) + out.
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lockout definition


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

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