Can you use "lock into place" like this?

I thought "lock into place" was an idiom, but I couldn't find it. It seems to be a phrase that's not an idiom, so I was wondering if the following sentence made sense.

Her eyelids lock into place and because of that she could no longer close her eyes.

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    It's an odd way to say that her eyelids were stuck open, or simply, that she couldn't close her eyes. May 29, 2021 at 15:10

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"Lock into" is a phrasal verb. It means to secure something into position.

You'll find 'lock into' in plenty of dictionaries, just not 'lock into place' because that's too specific - you could lock something 'into place', or 'into position' etc

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