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noun [countable/uncountable] mainly American     lockdown pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    an occasion or time when prisoners are locked in their cells

    The governor ordered a lockdown of all state prisons.

    on lockdown:

    Maximum security involves being on 23-hour lockdown with absolutely nothing to do.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary from United Kingdom on 5/10/2015
  2. 2
    an occasion or time when access to a place is restricted because of some danger

    Authorities lifted the lockdown after searching all four schools and deeming them safe.

    on lockdown:

    The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an ’active shootersituation was reported.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary from United Kingdom on 5/10/2015


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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