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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylock away
he/she/itlocks away
present participlelocking away
past tenselocked away
past participlelocked away
  1. 1

    lock away


    lock up

    to put something in a place or container which you fasten with a lock
  2. 2

    lock away


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

    James locked himself away in his bedroom.

See also main entry: lock


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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