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Lock

Used in the context of general equities. Make a market both ways (bid andoffer) either on the bid, offering, or an in-between price only. Locking on the offering occurs to attract a seller, since the trader is willing to pay (and ask) the offering side when others only ask it. Locking on the bid side attracts buyers for similar reasons. Typically, the sell side requires a plus tick to comply with short sale rules.
References in classic literature ?
A servant came into the room to tell Adam that there was some strange noise coming from the locked room into which he had gone when he came in.
The larger he locked up together; generally, but not always, in one of the drawers of the library table.
After a little while I heard through the locked door the noise of the staghounds, that had now been brought up from the beach.
The Doctor and all the animals have been caught by the King's men and locked up again," whispered Polynesia.
A locked door barred his way at its end, but a door upon his right opened and he stepped into a dimly-lighted chamber, about the walls of which were three other doors, each of which he tried in turn.
Got home late and tired; locked his door, took out the key, and went to bed.
The chambermaid returned, completed her work, locked the door of the dressing-room on the inner side, locked the principal entrance-door on leaving the room, and returned the key to Agnes in the drawing-room.