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Industrial action during which an employer withholds work, and denies employees access to the place of work. In effect, it is a strike by the management to compel a settlement to a labor dispute on terms favorable to the employer. When lock out action is taken by several employers in concert, it is called a joint lockout. Also called shut out.

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The lockout was still going on, so none of the players were at the games and it made everyone upset, because they wanted to watch football again.
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Sometimes if an employer isn't getting enough from his employees he will hold a lockout to show them he is serious.
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The lockout was a detritus to the organization's health which taught us a lesson that it is to be avoided at all costs.
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