AskDefine | Define lockout

Dictionary Definition

lockout n : a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The opposite of a strike, a labor disruption where management refuses to allow workers into a plant to work even if they are willing.
  2. The action of installing a lock to keep someone out of an area, such as eviction of a tenant by changing the lock.
  3. (Computers) A situation where the a system is not responding to input.


opposite of a strike
  • Finnish: työsulku

Extensive Definition

Lockout may mean:
  • A map in the game Halo 2
  • Lockout (industry), a work stoppage in which an employer prevents some or all employees from working, even to the extent of closing the business.
  • A daytime period in some hostels during which guests are not allowed to be present in the hostel.
  • Lockout (telecommunication), a system of preventing unwanted signals
  • Lockout law, a law to prevent people entering venues between certain times (usually late at night as a crime prevention strategy)
  • Lock and tag, a workplace safety system to prevent activation of machinery while a worker may be inside. A worker places a padlock or other device on the control of a machine to prevent anyone else from operating it and retains the lock's key.
lockout in German: Aussperrung

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrest, ban, bar, barring, bell, blockade, boycott, boycottage, check, checkmate, circumscription, cutoff, dead stop, deadlock, debarment, debarring, demarcation, embargo, end, endgame, ending, exception, exclusion, final whistle, full stop, grinding halt, gun, halt, inadmissibility, injunction, job action, narrowing, nonadmission, omission, outlaw strike, preclusion, prohibition, rejection, relegation, repudiation, restriction, revolt, rulebook slowdown, sick-in, sit-down, sit-down strike, slowdown, stalemate, stand, standoff, standstill, stay, stop, stoppage, strike, sympathy strike, taboo, tie-up, turnout, walkout, wildcat strike, work stoppage
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