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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The next day, Pakistan responded by locking onto six targets in Indian held territory and did not fire.
The devices work by tricking mobile devices into locking onto them instead of legitimate cell towers, revealing the exact location of a particular cellphone.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A Syrian missile system harassed a Turkish F-16 fighter jet by locking onto it for four minutes and thirty seconds on Monday while the jet was on air patrol over Hatay province, according to a recent statement by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
The local Coast Guard said Friday that it managed to locate Wichman by locking onto his cell phone signal, CNN reports.
locking onto potential predators is a stereotypical behavior of ants exhibited in the context of defense of colonies.
bench outside our windows, locking onto each other as if to sign a
The two also can be used in tandem, with the laser locating and locking onto a target for the machine gun to fire at.
The portal would help Europeans find airline seats that match their personal traveling preferences by locking onto keywords they use to describe themselves and their travel needs.
It cruised out over the water in fixed-flight/level and automatic sea-state adaption modes, flying 165 km via 25 waypoints, locking onto one land and two ship targets before finally engaging one last ship target.
The needle guide attaches to the probe by locking onto locator grooves on the transducer, ensuring proper positioning and safety throughout the procedure.
Both drugs are selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMS, which block estrogen from locking onto receptors on cancer cells, but acts as estrogen elsewhere in the body, including bones.
Cable & Wireless said its customers may experience problems acquiring and locking onto TSTT channels while in Trinidad, confirming that the problem, which may prevent customers from using the device for data and e-mail services and telephone calls, is only affecting the BlackBerry 7290 and 7100g devices.
Most of the delay resulted from unanticipated challenges in fine-tuning the spacecraft's trajectory and locking onto the reference star, he says.--P.W.
The NaturalPoint Smart-Nav[R] is a hands-free mouse navigated by an infrared light that tracks movement by locking onto a reusable reflective dot.
In other words, it is not a bomber and the odds of one of its Sparrow missiles successfully looking down into the electronic clutter produced by any body of water and locking onto a surface target are as low as the odds of a torpedo hitting a low-flying plane.