lock onto (someone or something)

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lock onto (someone or something)

1. To use an electronic tracking system to fix onto a particular person or thing. Once the satellite locks onto the rocket's signal, we should be able to triangulate its precise location. With proton beam therapy, we lock onto the cancerous cells and deliver radiation only to the affected tissue.
2. To fix the electronic tracking system onto a particular person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lock" and "into." The fighter pilot locked his missiles onto the enemy jet. We should be able to lock our homing system onto Jeff's tracking unit.
3. To focus one's gaze or attention completely on someone or something. She locked onto the handsome guy across the bar, making her way over to talk to him. Once she locks onto a new project, there's no getting in his way.
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lock something onto someone or something

 and lock something on
to attach or fix something onto someone or something. The cop locked the handcuffs onto the mugger and led him away. Andy locked his bicycle onto the signpost. See that bike rack? Lock your bike on and keep an eye on it.
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Sailing 260 miles above the southern tip of South America, the unpiloted Dragon pulled up to within about 30 feet of the lab complex and then stood by while astronaut Nick Hague, operating the station's Canadian-built robot arm, locked onto a grapple fixture.
THE team that provided the biggest cup shock of the second round, Rastrick, will have their crosshairs locked onto Kirkburton in the Wisdenauction.com Sykes Cup quarter-final.
In retaliation, Pakistan locked onto these sites and came into the highest state of readiness.
However, Japan has repeatedly claimed that the radar "painted" (locked onto) the aircraft, which it said posed a serious military threat to the aircraft.
While most eyes were on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he arrived at the Prime Minister's Department on Monday, fashion critics had theirs locked onto his wife's handbag.
Other netizens speculated that the container was not locked onto the truck and that the driver suddenly halted when he apparently realized that the truck would not fit as it would pass under the footbridge.
If you've reached the point where you just can't pry your kids off their mobiles when they're locked onto Minecraft, you might want to look at K-Board, a small music keyboard with a full-range of synthesizer controls.
To achieve this extreme precision during demonstration, NASA said the OPALS locked onto a laser beacon emitted by the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory ground station at the Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood,California.
It's likely a problem we all have faced--you're locked onto the bull's-eye with fieldpoints, but then you screw on a broadhead and it's as if you're pins have unscrewed themselves and moved to a completely different location.
We presume the ant locked onto the jaw and, by filling the mouth of the shiner, could have led to death of the shiner, but the shiner appeared to be in good health at time of capture.
The weapons system locked onto the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by using radar for a rough approximation of the location of the targets, then fine-tuned the tracking using an optical system, the report added.
In addition, the copper market appears to have mostly discounted news of a monthly world copper supply deficit from the International Copper Study Group last night, which some traders feel could suggests the focus of the copper market is locked onto the prospect of slumping global demand directly ahead.
"The jaw was locked onto my son's arm and the dog had him for ten minutes.
Once locked onto these signals it will deliver a precise 1PPS (Pulse Per Second) output aligned UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) signal at 3.3 VDC.