Let's lock (up/in) that deal.

I can't find any lexical support for any of these usages. I especially looked at the Free Dictionary's phrases, but nothing under lock up or lock in is relevant.

There's a website called "Lock The Deal", but I wonder if "Let's lock the deal soon" would be something commonly said.

I also came across this: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/lock-up-deals.1319685/

This is a sentence from Time magazine:

These governments are desperate to get capital into agriculture," says von Braun, who believes the drive by giant companies to lock up land deals could benefit poor African countries whose governments negotiate wisely.


Let's lock in the terms of our contract.

lock in refers to fixing the terms and conditions.

These giant companies will lock up land deals.

lock up refers to finalizing the deal.

There is also lock out (same meaning as if you were locked out of your house or car):

After the land deal is completed, other parties will be locked out.

meaning other parties (companies) won't be able to purchase/obtain said land.

  • There is also lock down - which can mean doing something to prevent X from getting away or disappearing. – LawrenceC Feb 12 '18 at 16:11

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