lock away

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "lock away":
present tense I/you/we/they lock away he/she/it locks away present participle locking away past tense locked away past participle locked away
1) lock away or lock up to put something in a place or container which you fasten with a lock

Valuable items should be locked away.

2) lock away or lock up to put someone in a prison, or in a hospital for mentally ill people

After the murder he was locked away for 50 years.

3) lock yourself away to go somewhere where you can be alone

James locked himself away in his bedroom.


English dictionary. 2014.

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