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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a workplace by an employer during a labor dispute. Also called shutout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The closing of a factory or workshop by an employer, usually in order to bring the workmen to satisfactory terms by a suspension of wages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of excluding a person or persons from a place by locking it up; the condition of such exclusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms
  • v. prevent employees from working during a strike

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