- lock-up ˈlock-up adjective FINANCE1. lock-up agreement/pact an agreement by which money is invested in such a way that it cannot be used for a period of time2. lock-up period a period of time during which money is invested in such a way that it cannot be used
* * *lock-up UK US (also lockup) noun [C]► STOCK MARKET an agreement or period of time during which someone cannot get back the money they have invested: »
The moment the lock-up ended, the company's founders sold as much stock as they could get away with.lock-up agreement/provision/arrangement »
Management were barred from selling shares under the terms of a lock-up agreement until 12 July.»
Some eurobonds have a lockup period of 90 days before they can be sold.► UK a building used for storing things safely: »
He stores the goods in a lock-up he rents near the market.
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