Definition of lock in in English:

lock in

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phrasal verb

  • 1lock someone in, lock in someoneShut someone into a room or space by locking or fastening a door, lid, etc.

    • ‘the prisoners are locked in overnight’
    1. 1.1lock someone or something in, lock in someone or somethingOblige a person or company to abide by the terms of a contract for a specific period.
      ‘It is not just PFI schools that find themselves locked into long-term contracts.’
      • ‘Or because rates were moving so fast, they never locked in the promised rate.’
      • ‘The owners are demanding the lengthening of rookie contracts, which lock players into a preset wage scale, from the present three-year agreement to five years.’
      • ‘That would be a fantastic time to refinance and lock in at a long term.’
      • ‘It had locked itself in with Ecclestone until 2010, and Ecclestone had an option to extend the contract for five years.’
  • 2be locked in somethingBe involved in a struggle or competitive situation.

    ‘they were locked in a legal battle’
    • ‘a whale and squid are shown locked in combat’
    • ‘Historically, war locks nations into an economy where preparation and fighting consumes billions of dollars.’
    • ‘On his travels, Sachs started noticing geographic, historic and social circumstances that lock countries into poverty traps.’
    • ‘As the government's increase in prescription charges shows, we are not locked into a situation where changes cannot be made.’
    • ‘In addition, once a person accepts housing with a Housing Association they are locked into that situation as the Council will not consider them for Council housing as they are deemed to be already housed.’
    • ‘Grocery giants in Carlow are locked in a competitive price war, matching each other cent for cent across certain products.’
    • ‘Societal regulation tends to crystallize the status quo, to impart a certain momentum and a certain inertia to the existent conditions of societies, by locking individuals into certain repetitive patterns of conduct.’
    • ‘The problem with the whole legal process in this situation - they are locked into it.’
    • ‘Internal cache locks a datacenter into finite and usually small maximum capacity.’
    • ‘That's according to the results of a new study which has criticised such services for trying to enslave internet users by locking them in to proprietary formats and music players.’
    • ‘There continues to be the same emphasis on locking the human figures into their physical surroundings to the point where they are indistinguishable one from the other.’
    • ‘Their greed and dictatorial rule have locked their nations into destructive and near permanent cycles of poverty, war, disease and dependency that have become Africa's trademark.’
    • ‘Even that being the case, other speed racers are still my competitors and many times I have been locked in highly dangerous races with them.’
    • ‘Political struggles among competing religious and civic authorities have locked the state in unworkable policies, and forced the country into a devastating international isolation.’
    • ‘Nor do I want to do business on the Internet with anybody who wants to lock me in with nondisclosures, noncompetes and so forth.’
    • ‘On the other hand, reputation also locks people into particular patterns of collaboration and interaction through reinforcement.’
    • ‘Record labels lock their artists in to legal agreements that hold them for a decade or more.’
    • ‘However, you will be locked in to the SVR, currently 6.74%, for four years after the fixed period has come to an end.’
    • ‘There is no cosmic scriptwriter, but there are scripts which we are locked into.’
    • ‘After notching up record trade deficits month after month, Australia's terms of trade began to turn around in April when higher commodities prices were locked in to 12 month contracts.’
    • ‘It all marks a stark change from the rancour of the 1990s, when the two cities were locked in what seemed a never-ending dispute over air pollution.’