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  • lockup — lock·up n 1: a cell or group of cells (as in a courthouse) or jail where persons are held prior to a court hearing compare house of correction, house of detention, jail …   Law dictionary

  • Lockup — Lock up , 1. n. A place where persons under arrest are temporarily locked up; a watchhouse; a jail. [1913 Webster] 2. The act or state of temporary imprisonment in a lockup[1]. [PJC] 3. A malfunction in a machine having moving parts, such that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lockup — [läk′up΄] n. 1. the act of locking up 2. a being locked up, as in jail 3. a jail …   English World dictionary

  • lockup — The moment when a tire begins to skid during braking. A tire s maximum braking force occurs when it is on the verge of lockup. Ideally all four tires should approach lockup simultaneously to give a vehicle the best braking. Because this ideal is… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • lockup — noun Eileen spent the night in lockup the lockup in this town is a historical landmark Syn: jail, prison, cell, detention center, jailhouse, penitentiary; informal slammer, jug, can, brig, clink, big house, cooler, hoosegow, cage, pen …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • lockup — UK [ˈlɒkʌp] / US [ˈlɑkˌʌp] noun Word forms lockup : singular lockup plural lockups 1) [uncountable] a small prison in a village or town, where the police can keep a criminal for a short period of time 2) [countable] British a garage that you can… …   English dictionary

  • lockup — noun A jail. Hes in lockup for 30 days for drunk and disorderly …   Wiktionary

  • lockup — n Jail or prison. He was picked up on a DUI and spent the night in the lockup. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • lockup — A place of detention in a police station, court or other facility used for persons awaiting trial. In corporate law, a slang term that refers to the setting aside of securities for purchase by friendly interests in order to defeat or make more… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lockup — noun Date: 1824 1. jail; especially a local jail where persons are detained prior to court hearing 2. an act of locking ; the state of being locked …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lockup — /lok up /, n. 1. a jail, esp. a local one for temporary detention. 2. the act of locking up or the state of being locked up. 3. a temporary imprisonment or detention, as of suspects or prisoners. 4. a stock that has been held by an individual as… …   Universalium

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