Synonyms for lock up

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Lady Mary said it was bed-time and the servants wanted to lock up.

We finished, I to pocket, the Prince to lock up, the papers.

"I'll be back to lock up, Cap'n Sears," called Asaph, reassuringly.

There, now, I perceive the fellow is about to lock up for the night, and I must leave this.

I have sent home all the clerks, and was just about to lock up for the night.

"I've a good mind to lock up," remarked Dan, as he reached the dooryard.

"We'll use it for our jail to lock up the bad ones in," jested Dick.

But I'm supposed to stay 'ere till eleven-thirty and lock up!

Light thought it as well to lock up the Elements and Things.

If it were not, the form would not lock up, or fit together.

WORD ORIGIN

"means of fastening," Old English loc "bolt, fastening; barrier, enclosure," from Proto-Germanic *lukan (cf. Old Norse lok "fastening, lock," Gothic usluks "opening," Old High German loh "dungeon," German Loch "opening, hole," Dutch luik "shutter, trapdoor"). "The great diversity of meaning in the Teut. words seems to indicate two or more independent but formally identical substantival formations from the root."

The Old English sense "barrier, enclosure" led to the specific meaning "barrier on a river" (c.1300), and the more specific sense "gate and sluice system on a water channel used as a means of raising and lowering boats" (1570s). Wrestling sense is from c.1600. Phrase under lock and key attested from early 14c.

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