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1The confining of prisoners to their cells, typically after an escape or to regain control during a riot.
- ‘Administrators responded with an institution lockdown, confining all prisoners to their cells.’
- ‘Inmates in three California prisons are being kept in their cells on 24-hour-a-day lockdowns to save money on overtime pay for guards.’
- ‘Some were held in lockdowns for 23 hours a day, and then taken from their cells bound in handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains.’
- ‘Outside of lockdown, captives are warehoused like cattle.’
- ‘But survivors occasionally breached the lockdown and came to the fence to tell their stories, each one astonishing.’
- ‘Luckily the prisoners where all in lockdown at the moment so they could keep the casualties down to a minimum.’
- ‘Furthermore, they are typically barred from areas where ministry is most needed: maximum security prisons, solitary confinement blocks, and twenty-three-hour lockdowns.’
- ‘This final act of defiance precipitated a lockdown of the entire Texas state prison system.’
- ‘More than 100 prisoners were placed on lockdown for the rest of the day following protest early last Monday morning.’
- ‘Though he has no criminal record, murderers and junkies and 23-hour lockdowns became part of his life.’
- ‘In lockdown it is not physically possible to have sex with anyone other than your celly.’
- ‘She ripped out the spoon, and tried to run for the door, but somebody had put the whole prison in lockdown.’
- ‘In 2 men cell lockdown the only person that you can fight with is your celly.’
- 1.1A state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure.‘the university is on lockdown and nobody has been able to leave’
- ‘A lockdown has now been lifted at Saint Peter's College in New Jersey.’
- ‘The lockdown was lifted a few hours later.’
- ‘There remains a lockdown for Building 44, where the situation is developing.’
- ‘Israeli officials said the lockdown was necessary to stop the movement of Hizbullah weapons around Lebanon.’
- ‘Finally, we were let off lockdown later in the afternoon.’
- ‘Harding High School, about two blocks east of the crime scene, was placed on lockdown for a short period in the morning.’
- ‘A lock-down has banned the movement of citrus plants, fruit and equipment outside the Emerald, Peak Downs, and Bauhinia shires.’
- ‘They can impose lockdowns immediately, by force if necessary.’
- ‘Authorities responded by putting the entire city in lockdown.’
- ‘Anti-government protests which spread from Tibet into western provinces are under control, the Chinese government said yesterday, as much of the region remained in lockdown.’
- ‘A security lockdown tantamount to a state of emergency prevailed in the German city of Mainz on Rhine on Wednesday, February 23.’
- ‘Schools were put in lockdown, and students sent home early.’
- ‘But, again, the college is still on lockdown.’
- ‘But these schools have been on lockdown the past few days anyway; they took no extra precaution.’
- ‘But firms insist that they are working through the lockdowns.’
- ‘Security officials then put the nuclear station on lockdown.’
- ‘They had us on lockdown.’
- ‘But even though Times Square was under lockdown for a couple of hours this morning, we are happy to report that traffic is once again flowing.’
- ‘Read all about the Linkin Park lockdown.’
- ‘Also, here's a good reason for being on lockdown.’
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