1 fastening device
combination, cylinder, deadbolt (esp. AmE), mortise, Yale™ (BrE)

The hotels replaced their mortise locks on guest rooms with magnetic card readers.


Most cars are now fitted with child safety locks on the back doors.

safety locks for handguns

gun (AmE), trigger

trigger locks for guns

bicycle, bike (informal)
door, window

We had new locks fitted after the burglary.

break, force, pick
open, turn

He turned the lock and pushed the door open.


She ran around the house, checking all the locks

insert the key in the lock, turn the key in the lock
under lock and key

Prisoners are kept under lock and key 24 hours a day.

2 small bunch of hair

She flicked a stray lock of hair off her face.


She had long flowing locks and blue eyes.

blonde, chestnut, golden, etc.

He ran a hand through his curly brown locks.

1 close with a lock

He carefully locked the door behind him.

automatically, electronically

The door locks automatically.

forget to
be firmly locked, be securely locked
keep sth locked

Keep your garage securely locked.

2 put sb/sth inside sth that is locked
away, in

I was terrified they would lock me in again.


I locked myself in the bathroom.

be safely locked, be securely locked

All the valuables were safely locked away.

Lock is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye, ↑key, ↑wheel
Lock is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bike, ↑box, ↑briefcase, ↑car, ↑closet, ↑door, ↑drawer, ↑elbow, ↑flat, ↑gate, ↑jaw, ↑safe, ↑vault

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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