lock up

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lock up(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to store in a locked place)
a. guardar bajo llave (documents or valuables)
Sally locked the passports up in the safe at the hotel.Sally guardó los pasaportes bajo llave en la caja fuerte en el hotel.
2. (to imprison)
a. encerrar
The dictator locked up all his political opponentsEl dictador encerró a todos sus rivales políticos.
b. meter en la cárcel
Personally I would lock him up and throw away the key.Personalmente lo metería en la cárcel y tiraría la llave a la basura.
c. meter entre rejas
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The authorities locked this poor guy up for 12 years for something he didn't do.Las autoridades metieron entre rejas por 12 años a este pobre tipo por algo que no hizo.
3. (to make secure)
a. cerrar con llave (a house or building)
The caretaker was locking the school up as I left.El conserje estaba cerrando el colegio con llave cuando yo me fui.
4. (finance)
a. inmovilizar
The family had locked all their savings up in investment funds.La familia había inmovilizado todos sus ahorros en fondos de inversión.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
5. (to secure a property)
a. cerrar con llave
Did you remember to lock up?¿Te acordaste de cerrar con llave?
b. echar la llave
I locked up, set the alarm and put the key in my pocket.Eché la llave, conecté la alarma y me puse la llave en el bolsillo.
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lock up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (person)
a. encerrar
2. (valuables)
a. guardar bajo llave
3. (house)
a. cerrar or dejar cerrado(a; con llave)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (general)
a. cerrar (con llave)
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lock up
transitive verb
[+object] guardar bajo llave; [+house] cerrar con llave; [+criminal] encarcelar; [+funds] inmovilizar
you ought to be locked up! ¡irás a parar a la cárcel!
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
echar la llave
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