lock up

lock up
1. secure by locking (Freq. 3)

lock up the house before you go on vacation

Derivationally related forms: ↑lockup
Hypernyms: ↑fasten, ↑fix, ↑secure
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. 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

Syn: ↑lock in, ↑lock away, ↑lock, ↑put away, ↑shut up, ↑shut away
Derivationally related forms: ↑lockup
Hypernyms: ↑confine
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody


Somebody ——s somebody PP


Somebody ——s something PP

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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.

2 lock (something) up or lock up (something)
2 a : to put (something) in a locked container, room, etc.

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]

2 b chiefly US : to make control or achievement of (something) certain

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.

— see also lock 1b (above), 2
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

The police should lock him up. [=lock him away]

— see also lockup
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Main Entry:lock

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ˌlock ˈup | ˌlock sthˈup derived
to 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

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