Definition of lock-up in English:



  • 1A jail, especially a temporary one.

    • ‘She has visited scores of penal facilities in Latin America and the United States, including over thirty prisons, jails, and police lock-ups in Brazil.’
    • ‘Other suggestions include all-women police stations, separate jails and lock-ups for women.’
    • ‘There were some exceptions, such as Philadelphia, but in colonies such as Virginia and Maryland, the public lock-ups were not big enough to cope with large numbers of inmates.’
    • ‘The local constabulary rounded them up and took them to the lock-up.’
    • ‘The Shadow Police and Emergency Services Minister, Kim Wells, says the government has done little to relieve overcrowding in police lock-ups and the state's prisons.’
    • ‘The following is the second of a series of articles by ‘Sam,’ a chef, a good friend of thirty years, and an inmate at CCA-CADC Florence in Arizona, a Federal lock-up.’
    • ‘Rwanda's prisons and lock-ups house close to 112,000 genocide suspects and another 5,000 convicts.’
    • ‘The man was charged with theft and now enjoys a nice comfy cell in the local lock-up.’
    • ‘Women's rights groups in Malaysia displayed outrage Wednesday at a court judge's ruling acquitting a policeman accused of raping two female detainees in a police lock-up.’
    • ‘The small building to the right is the police lock-up, Stuart Town Gaol, still standing.’
    • ‘On October 21, full six days after the brutal killings, there are tell-tale signs of the crime still present in the form of blood stains on the floor and walls of the lock-up.’
    • ‘He will now have plenty of ‘friends’ to drink with at the local lock-up.’
    • ‘The first prisons were therefore the local lock-up or the castle keep.’
    • ‘Local police - once again, actors - raid the villa and unearth a stash of illegal porn, blaming its existence on the harangued party boys, who now believe themselves to be facing time in a Spanish lock-up.’
    • ‘But growing numbers of prisoners, whether held in other police lock-ups or prisons, are still being incarcerated in atrocious conditions.’
    • ‘He fled the United States in 1998 after a 17-year-old accused him of a drunken sexual assault, and he hanged himself not long afterwards in a London lock-up.’
    • ‘In the past couple of years, we have seen attacks on police stations, lock-ups and even on jails, where senior officials judges were killed.’
    • ‘On the actual day of the murder, he had been arrested and taken into the lock-up on a charge of a very petty theft.’
    • ‘Then the police had no choice but to hold them in station lock-ups condemned as ‘unfit… for prisoners or policemen,’ let alone children.’
    • ‘Anyway we journalists were not invited along on the tour of the lock-up.’
    jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre
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  • 2British Non-residential premises that can be locked up, typically a small shop or garage.

    as modifier ‘a lock-up garage’
    • ‘The site is next to the Six Lane Ends junction and is currently occupied by The Tyre Market, a fenced yard, a lock-up garage and an area of overgrown land.’
    • ‘A mechanic who stashed away thousands of pounds of stolen booze and chocolates in his lock-up has escaped being sent to jail.’
    • ‘The machine was picked up by a Braintree freight firm and delivered to a lock-up garage in the same area.’
    • ‘A mountain of filth building up near lock-up garages in Beddington has sparked health fears, and could force Sutton Council to close the site.’
    • ‘They found the 40-minute video at his home and a large box containing the files of photographs and the diary in his lock-up garage nearby.’
    • ‘We're in a side street out of town, not far from Barcelona airport, where La Cubana has commandeered what looks like an outsize lock-up garage.’
    • ‘His solicitor, Lee Mott, said that he had bought his Fiesta car from a man in a pub and had decided to drive it to a lock-up garage where repairs could be carried out.’
    • ‘It stands on the site of the former lock-up garage to the York Place house, which O'Connor has converted into three apartments.’
    • ‘It certainly had everything we wanted, right down to the double lock-up garage and the ducted heating and cooling.’
    • ‘Mr Moloney said the bomb was dismantled and left in a lock-up garage in Brussels where Belgian police found it in January 1988.’
    • ‘He started the business in a rented lock-up garage in Staffordshire in 1945 aided by financial help from his wife, who he had married three years earlier.’
    • ‘The theft follows a break-in a week earlier in which wetsuits worth £1, 000 were taken from the same garage and several other lock-ups raided.’
    • ‘Land or buildings physically separated from the house (for example, a separate lock-up garage) may be included if disposed of with the house.’
    • ‘Instead they discovered a large quantity of chemicals in a nearby lock-up garage as well as traces of the chemicals at the one-bedroom flat.’
    • ‘As Rui was thinking what time to leave, the Italian and the driver opened the steel door of the lock-up garage.’
    • ‘Some of the money found inside a lock-up garage at the pub had come from her brother, who owed her about £1, 000, she said.’
    • ‘He said evidence linked to the robberies was found at the men's homes and at lock-up garages.’
    • ‘In 1945, Joe Bamford started his business in a rented lock-up garage in Uttoxeter, England.’
    • ‘The blast blew the roof and doors off the lock-up garage in Gorsey Lane, Warrington - and blew the windows out of a car inside the garage.’
    • ‘A lock-up garage in Notting Hill sold in August for £240,000, competition pushing it £100,000 over the guide price.’
    storeroom, store, warehouse, depository, storage space, garage
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  • 3mass noun The locking up of premises for the night.

    • ‘The little gas stoves that every inmate uses to make coffee double up as cookers and from the 7.30 pm lock-up the aroma of frying onions signals the start of the preparation of evening meals.’
    1. 3.1 The time when premises are locked up.
      ‘hurrying back to their houses before lock-up’
  • 4mass noun The action of becoming fixed or immovable.

    ‘anti-lock braking helps prevent wheel lock-up’
    • ‘We have had unexplained lockups, however, on all the servers, in which the console becomes locked and the machine has to be hard reset.’
    • ‘After a couple hours of benchmarks, we began experiencing lockups, so I dropped back to 300MHz, which is still an even 50MHz above spec.’
    • ‘I'd be lying if I said the ram was running 100% reliably, as I did experience lockups when running stress tests.’
    • ‘Installation and operation on both machines was flawless - no lockups, no incompatibilities, and no instabilities.’
    • ‘Crashes, lockups and inconsistent operation were non-existent.’
    • ‘Going any higher than these speeds would cause image degradation and system lockups.’
    • ‘It ships with version 1.05 and runs smoothly with no lock-ups or crashes.’
    • ‘Science magazine reported: ‘Had the lockups occurred earlier, when the shuttle was rolling more quickly, all four main tires might have hailed, and disaster would have ensued.’’
    • ‘The system was rock solid at this setting, though after about 15 minutes, we experienced some odd lockups.’
    • ‘Their troubles range from a ‘pink screen of death’ or a checkerboard pattern on screen to a serious lockup that requires unplugging the system to reboot.’
    • ‘Most of the other bugs in the game are similar to previous instalments, lock-ups, missing reports, etc.’
    • ‘You learned to save your work every few minutes in dry weather, because resets and lockups were a regular occurrence.’
    • ‘Many optoelectronic component test stands are plagued with frequent instrument lockups that require excessive operator interaction and lower throughput, plus introduce the possibility of transposition errors.’
    • ‘Random reboots, unexplained lockups, corrupted displays and drives or other devices that mysteriously stop working all could be caused by a bad power supply.’
    • ‘It's fairly stable - I had only two lockups in all my testing on both systems - but lacks end-user information to make serious use of all its features.’
    • ‘Granted, better performance will get you a faster system, but if that system is plagued by random reboots or occasional lockups you'll likely be loosing valuable work and time and thus cut into your productivity.’
    • ‘Even if your card doesn't die right away, strange anomalies can occur over time, such as artifacts on screen or random lockups.’
    • ‘Supposedly lock-ups and graphical flaws run rampant, but I only encountered one small bug throughout my playing the game.’
    • ‘As operating outside of these limits, i.e. the CPU getting too hot, will quickly cause the system to display erratic behavior such as lockups, freezes, random reboots but can also cause the CPU to become defective.’
    • ‘On the downside technology-wise, I suffered a number of lockups on both test systems.’
  • 5An investment in assets which cannot readily be realized or sold on in the short term.

    • ‘The shares, which were not subject to a lock-up, rose sharply in the weeks after the deal.’
    • ‘The stock it's getting is subject to lock-ups expiring in three years.’
    • ‘The Agere shares are not subject to a lock-up, so Massana's former shareholders can sell them at any time for cash.’
    • ‘Most funds have so-called lockups, strict limits preventing investors from cashing out in a hurry.’
    • ‘He agreed to a lockup that forbade him to sell all of his stock until two years had elapsed.’