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1‘she turned the key in the lock’
bolt, catch, fastener, clasp, bar, hasp, latch
1‘he locked the door behind him’
bolt, fasten, bar, secure, make secure, make fast, seal
padlock, latch, chain
2‘wedge-shaped pins are driven in to lock the parts together’
join, interlock, mesh, engage, link, unite, connect, combine, yoke, mate
3‘the wheels locked and the car careered across the road’
become stuck, stick, jam, become immovable, make immovable, become rigid, make rigid
4‘he locked her in an ecstatic embrace’
clasp, clench, grasp, embrace, hug, squeeze
1‘a lock of hair’
tress, tuft, curl
ringlet, kiss-curl, lovelock, forelock, plait
‘local politicians locked horns with one another’
quarrel, disagree, have a dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock antlers, cross swords
fight, do battle, engage in conflict, contend
have a dust-up, have a scrap, have a barney
‘the beach is locked in by headlands at each end’
enclose, encircle, surround, encompass, bound, ring, circle, envelop
shut in, hem in, hedge in
‘he was locked up for burglary’
imprison, jail, incarcerate, send to prison, put behind bars, put under lock and key, put in chains, put into irons, throw into irons, clap in irons, hold captive
detain, remand, intern, impound, immure, shut up, shut in, confine, cage, pen, coop up, fence in, pen in, wall in
send down, put away, put inside
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