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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylock in
he/she/itlocks in
present participlelocking in
past tenselocked in
past participlelocked in
  1. 1
    to put someone in a room and lock the door so they cannot leave

    You can’t keep me locked in.

    She went to her hotel room and locked herself in.

  2. 2
    lock in profits/gains etc business to get a financial benefit that continues for a long time, for example by selling shares that have gone up in value before they can go back down
See also main entry: lock


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

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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