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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylock away
he/she/itlocks away
present participlelocking away
past tenselocked away
past participlelocked away
  1. 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. 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. 3
    lock yourself away to go somewhere where you can be alone

    James locked himself away in his bedroom.

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