American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The withholding of work from employees and closing down of a workplace by an employer during a labor dispute. Also called shutout.
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. Specifically— The exclusion of a teacher by his pupils, in sport or rebellion, or of pupils by their teacher, by way of discipline.
- 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. computing A situation where the system is not responding to input.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. prevent employees from working during a strike
- n. a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms
“Once the NFLPA decertifies, the term lockout will no longer apply.”
“They took the term "lockout" rather literally at the Tennessee Titans' headquarters in Nashville, where a metal chain secured the main gate to the parking lot's front entrance, an extra bit of security normally not seen there.”
“If I don't have to hear the word lockout for a long time, I'll be happy about that.”
“Goodell further questioned Smith's assessment during an NFLPA news conference Thursday that on a scale of one to 10, the likelihood of a lockout is a "14.”
“The league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expires Sept. 15 and, with no agreement near, a lockout is a distinct possibility.”
“The league's collective bargaining agreement with the players expires Sept. 15 and, with no agreement near, a lockout is a distinct possibility.”
“Someone in the NFLPA needs to pull Jordan aside and inform him that it's not the best time to be throwing the phrase lockout'' around in casual conversation.”
“If I don't have to hear the word 'lockout' for a long time, I'll be happy about that," Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.”
“I have been involved since the '70s, and I can tell you that the word lockout wasn't even in the NFL's vocabulary until he came around.”
“As opposed to a strike, where the players refuse to play, a lockout is when the owners refuse to let the players play, resulting in a cancelled or shortened season.”
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