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He thought: She will have to look after the shop while they keep me locked up.

It would not do for her to break down while he was locked up?

He locked himself up as carefully as he locked up the Marshalsea debtors.

Consequently, he borrowed it all, and locked up the cellar for good.

It was about midnight when poor Van Baerle was locked up in the prison of the Buytenhof.

He'd have come this morning, as usual, fast enough, only she locked up his clothes.

He got locked up in the cloisters last night with old Ketch and the bishop.

The day's work was over, and the factories were all locked up for the night.

He pointed direct at the press in which the clothes had just been locked up.

When one had a beast of a girl like that one should keep her locked up.

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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