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lock up

1. To lock something in a container or storage space. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lock" and "up." It's very important that dangerous cleaning products are locked up when your children start crawling around the house. I locked our valuables up 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 "up." I hope they lock that crazy drunk driver up—he nearly killed me! In the old days, they'd lock you up for showing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
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lock someone or something up (somewhere)

to lock someone or something within something or some place. The captain ordered the sailor locked up in the brig until the ship got into port. Don't lock me up! The sheriff locked up the crook in a cell.
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lock up

1. Close a house or place of work, fastening all the doors and windows, as in The attendant locks up at eleven o'clock every night, or Did you remind Abby to lock up? [Late 1500s]
2. Invest in something not easily converted into cash, as in Most of their assets were locked up in real estate. [Late 1600s]
3. lock someone up. Confine or imprison someone, as in The princes were locked up in the Tower of London. [c. 1300]
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lock up

v.
1. To shut or make something secure with or as if with locks: We locked the house up and went on vacation. I locked up my bike and went into the store. The owner locks up every day at 5:00.
2. To confine or exclude something or someone by or as if by means of a lock: We locked up the dog for the night. The guards locked the criminal up in the cell. All our savings are locked up in a retirement account.
3. To become fixed in place so that movement or escape is impossible; be immobilized: I was so nervous that my knees locked up and I couldn't walk. The car's brakes locked up, and it skidded to a halt.
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Area of 2 rows of terraced lock ups. Construction consists of common brickwork, concrete floor slabs and felted flat roofs.
Disconnection of any water supplies to lock ups at site boundary if appropriate.
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Contract Notice: Flat roof renewal, 3 Nr Lock ups, Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy
Strip and renewal of flat roofs to 3 number lock ups, Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy including timbers in accordance with the schedule.All prices submitted must be for all scaffold, labour and materials required to carry out the full extent of the works.It is recommended to visit the site to acquaint yourself with the full extent of the nature of the works for all labour, material and plant to be included in your tender.
Contract Award Notice: Demolish Garage Lock Ups Ten In Number Construct Tarmac Car Parking Bays including Thermal Plastic Markings.All contractors must fully acquaint themselves with the full extent of the nature of the works for all labour material and plant to be included in your tender.