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lock*/*/
[lɒk] verb [I/T] I
1) to fasten something such as a door with a key, or to be fastened with a key
Ant:
Have you locked the car?[/ex]
This drawer won't lock.[/ex]
She locked the documents in the safe.[/ex]
2) to become fixed in one position, or to fix something in one position
The brakes locked and the car spun off the road.[/ex]
He locked his arms around her waist.[/ex]
locked in a debate/dispute etc — involved in a discussion or argument that lasts a long time[/ex]
The two sides were locked in fierce debate.[/ex]
- lock sth away
- lock sb in
- lock sb out
- lock sb up
- lock (sth) up
II
noun [C]
lock */[lɒk]
1) the thing that is used for fastening a door, drawer etc so that no one can open it
All the windows were fitted with locks.[/ex]
2) a piece of equipment used for preventing someone from using a vehicle, machine etc
a bicycle lock[/ex]
3) a place on a river or CANAL that allows boats to move to a higher or lower water level
4) a small piece of hair on your head
She cut off a lock of his hair.[/ex]
under lock and key — in a room or container that is fastened with a lock[/ex]

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