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lock out (third-person singular simple present locks out, present participle locking out, simple past and past participle locked out)

  1. To inadvertently prevent (a person, particularly oneself) from entering a place, by leaving it locked.
    I've locked myself out of my room again!
  2. (computing) To prevent from accessing a data structure.
    The synchronize keyword locks out all other threads trying to access the object.



lock out (plural lock outs)

  1. An event in which an employer bars employees from working as a tactic in negotiating terms of employment, particularly in response to a strike or threat to strike.


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