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lock away

1. To lock something in a container or storage space. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lock" and "away." It's very important that dangerous cleaning products are locked away when your children start crawling around the house. I locked our valuables away in a wall-mounted safe before we left for our vacation.
2. To incarcerate someone in some place, especially prison, indefinitely or for a very long time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lock" and "away." I hope they lock that crazy drunk driver away—he nearly killed me! In the old days, they'd lock you away for showing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
3. To isolate oneself from others; to shut oneself off from social contact. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "lock" and "away." I absolutely need to study before my big exam on Monday, so I'm going to lock myself away for the weekend.
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lock someone or something away

to put someone or something away in a locked container or space. You will have to lock all the medications away when the grandchildren come to visit. They locked away some cash for a rainy day. They locked it away.
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lock away

v.
1. To put something in a locked space or container, especially for safekeeping: Fortunately, we had locked away most of our valuables before the burglary. I always lock my jewelry away in a safe.
2. To put someone in confinement, especially prison; incarcerate someone: After I threatened to jump off a building, they locked me away in the asylum. The secret police would lock away anyone who criticized the president.
3. To seclude oneself: I'm going to lock myself away and finish this book.
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To "lock them away" from the public would be a terrible thing for democracy, he said.
West Yorkshire Police has issued the following advice for residents: Ensure garden sheds, |gates, garages and outbuildings remain locked Put bricks in the bot-|tom of patio tubs to make them harder for thieves to carry Mark valuable items |such as ornaments and furniture with your postcode, and keep photographs of such items as a record Gravel on driveways |and in gardens can help deter thieves as they can be heard approaching the garden Don't leave items of |value such as tools, lawnmowers or bicycles outside in the garden - lock them away out of sight.
The latter probably hasn't moved on much since Victorian times, when the policy was "shut them up and lock them away".
Inspector Dave Pickett, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Bike thieves are looking for easy opportunities and are preying on cyclists who leave their bikes outside houses and in gardens and don't lock them away.
We need to make life as difficult as we can for thieves and I'd urge residents and visitors to the area to make sure valuable items are taken with them or lock them away out of sight.
High walls, spiky fences and prickly bushes can make it more difficult to access the garden Gravel on driveways can help you to hear someone approaching your property Avoid leaving tools, lawnmowers and bicycles in the garden - always lock them away out of sight Remember tools and ladders can be used to break into the home too.
It's easy to take the mentally ill and lock them away. "Justice for All: Challenges of the Mentally Ill in the Legal System" delves into the issues that the mentally ill face in the legal system, and how to defend those who do not completely understand how to defend themselves.
June Gibson, 69, and daughter Gail Salmon, 40, must now get rid of their pets or lock them away - or they' will face magistrates court.
The man claims that the items were in his possession as he was unable to lock them away in his locker on the aircraft.
"However, I was still at school so they said just to sign the forms and they would lock them away.
The only way to make it clear to callous murderers and violent re-offenders is to lock them away for life.
Camborne School of Mines expert Dr Duncan Pirrie said, 'The minerals can absorb other elements and lock them away, which is basically why it is used as cat litter.
Be vigilant, don't leave mowers unattended and always lock them away."
The way to beat the burglar is put more police on to our streets and when they are caught lock them away for a very long time.
The only options from the establishment for these children is to fill them with amphetamines and/or other major antipsychotic prescribed drugs then lock them away out of sight out of mind.