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lockup

[lok-uhp] /ˈlɒkˌʌp/
noun
1.
a jail, especially a local one for temporary detention.
2.
the act of locking up or the state of being locked up.
3.
a temporary imprisonment or detention, as of suspects or prisoners.
4.
a stock that has been held by an individual as a long-term investment, or that a brokerage firm is required by a regulation to hold for a certain period of time before it can be sold.
5.
any investment or credit instrument, as a renewed loan, in which capital is tied up for a long time.
6.
Printing.
  1. the entire body of type and cuts locked up in a chase preparatory to printing or platemaking.
  2. the act or procedure of locking up type and cuts in a chase.
7.
Automotive. a sudden stopping of the rotation of a wheel.
8.
British Informal. a rented locker, storage space, or garage.
Origin of lockup
1760-1770
1760-70; noun use of verb phrase lock up
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  • About all he was good for was keeping a blurred eye on the lockup and running in drunks.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • You can march off to the lockup—all three of you if you like; but one of you, anyhow.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • "Then take me back to the Gonzales lockup," muttered Stiger.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • They were sent to the lockup again, and our party resumed their merrymaking.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Luckily it only got to one table—but there are ten raving lunatics in the lockup tonight.

    A Parody Outline of History Donald Ogden Stewart
Slang definitions & phrases for lockup

lockup

noun

A cell, esp a detention cell or holding cell; the COOLER, tank (1839+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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