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|Origin:||Old English loc|
|Origin:||Old English locc|
a thing that keeps a door, drawer etc fastened and is usually opened with a key or by moving a small metal bar:
I'm sorry, there isn't a lock on the bathroom door.
The key turned stiffly in the lock.
a bike lock
kept safely in a box, cupboard etc that is locked:
Dad keeps all his liquor under lock and key.
kept in a place such as a prison
including every part of something:
He moved the whole company, lock, stock, and barrel, to Mexico.
a small number of hairs on your head that grow and hang together
He gently pushed a lock of hair from her eyes.
b) [plural] literaryDCB
long flowing locks
a part of a canal or river that is closed off by gates so that the water level can be raised or lowered to move boats up or down a slope
on a river etc[countable]TTW
a hold which wrestlers use to prevent their opponent from moving:
in a fight[countable]DSO
a head lock
the degree to which a vehicle's steering wheel can be turned in order to turn the vehicle
vehicle[uncountable and countable] British EnglishTTC
a playing position in the game of rugby
9 American English
complete control of something:
Pro football still has a lock on male viewers aged 18 to 34.