- lock up
- verb1. secure by locking (Freq. 3)-
lock up the house before you go on vacation• Derivationally related forms: ↑lockup• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something2. place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape (Freq. 3)-
The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend-
She locked her jewels in the safe• Derivationally related forms: ↑lockup• Hypernyms: ↑confine• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Somebody ——s somebody-
Somebody ——s somebody PP-
Somebody ——s something PP
* * *lock up [phrasal verb]1 : to lock all of the doors of a building before leaving it
The last employee to leave the store at night has to lock up.
The money is locked up [=locked away] in a safe.— sometimes used figuratively
Most of his money is locked up in real estate. [=most of his money is not easily available because it is invested in real estate]
The team has first place locked up. [=the team is certain of getting first place]
He was unable to lock up enough states to win the election.3 lock (someone) up or lock up (someone) : to put (someone) in a locked place (such as a prison) for a long period of time— see also ↑lockup• • •Main Entry: ↑lock
* * *ˌlock ˈup | ˌlock sthˈup derivedto make a building safe by locking the doors and windows
Don't forget to lock up at night.
He locked up the shop and went home.Main entry: ↑lockderived
Useful english dictionary. 2012.