What is a lockdown?

An order to stay where you are

A lockdown is an order given by an authority figure to remain in your home or current location. It is typically issued to prevent harm from coming to people, most notably in 2020 when almost the whole world was put in lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lockdowns may be ordered for a variety of purposes including when a violent person is on the loose in the vicinity or when an infectious illness is spreading through a community. 2020 was all about lockdowns due to covid and rioting over racial injustices.

While most people in 2020 adhered to lockdown life, it was hard for many throughout the world, especially in the U.S. Frustrated individuals took to social media and shared memes to complain about the excessiveness of the lockdowns and the over-reaching power of the government to enforce them. Some even believed that lockdowns were a part of a vast government conspiracy to install cameras everywhere for security purposes.

Others tried to be positive about lockdown challenges. They worked on house improvements, spent more time with family, read books, zoozed with friends, and made elaborate Rube Goldberg machine variations.

Other terms related to lockdown include social distancing, quaranfifteen, and quaranteam.


Oh boy, here comes another lockdown. See you in 3 weeks!

Lockdowns can affect people very differently

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Updated December 23, 2020

Lockdown definition by Slang.net

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