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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
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lock out

verb (transitive, adverb)
to prevent from entering by locking a door
to prevent (employees) from working during an industrial dispute, as by closing a factory
the closing of a place of employment by an employer, in order to bring pressure on employees to agree to terms
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Word Origin and History for lockout

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