Definition of lockup in US English:



  • 1A jail, especially a temporary one.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then the police had no choice but to hold them in station lock-ups condemned as ‘unfit… for prisoners or policemen,’ let alone children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other suggestions include all-women police stations, separate jails and lock-ups for women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man was charged with theft and now enjoys a nice comfy cell in the local lock-up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway we journalists were not invited along on the tour of the lock-up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first prisons were therefore the local lock-up or the castle keep.’
    • ‘Rwanda's prisons and lock-ups house close to 112,000 genocide suspects and another 5,000 convicts.’
    • ‘The small building to the right is the police lock-up, Stuart Town Gaol, still standing.’
    • ‘But growing numbers of prisoners, whether held in other police lock-ups or prisons, are still being incarcerated in atrocious conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The local constabulary rounded them up and took them to the lock-up.’
    • ‘He will now have plenty of ‘friends’ to drink with at the local lock-up.’
    jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre
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  • 2The 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. 2.1 The time when premises are locked up.
      ‘hurrying back to their dorms before lockup’
  • 3The action of becoming fixed or immovable.

    ‘anti-lock braking helps prevent wheel lockup’
    • ‘Going any higher than these speeds would cause image degradation and system lockups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the other bugs in the game are similar to previous instalments, lock-ups, missing reports, etc.’
    • ‘After a couple hours of benchmarks, we began experiencing lockups, so I dropped back to 300MHz, which is still an even 50MHz above spec.’
    • ‘It ships with version 1.05 and runs smoothly with no lock-ups or crashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the downside technology-wise, I suffered a number of lockups on both test systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You learned to save your work every few minutes in dry weather, because resets and lockups were a regular occurrence.’
    • ‘Crashes, lockups and inconsistent operation were non-existent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Installation and operation on both machines was flawless - no lockups, no incompatibilities, and no instabilities.’
    • ‘We have had unexplained lockups, however, on all the servers, in which the console becomes locked and the machine has to be hard reset.’
    • ‘I'd be lying if I said the ram was running 100% reliably, as I did experience lockups when running stress tests.’
    • ‘Random reboots, unexplained lockups, corrupted displays and drives or other devices that mysteriously stop working all could be caused by a bad power supply.’
  • 4An investment in assets which cannot readily be realized or sold on in the short term.

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