LOCKERING (Dating Term)

What Does Lockering Mean in a Text?

Lockering means "Using Academic Studies as an Excuse for Cooling a Relationship." It is used in dating to refer to the practice of withdrawing from a romantic relationship by claiming that you wish to spend more time on your studies. For example:
  • Do you really want to spend more time studying, or are you lockering me because you don't love me anymore?
  • Sal is lockering Paul because she wants to spend more time with the theater group and Paul just doesn't get it.
It's important to note that some people will need to prioritize studies at certain times in their academic career. However, in such cases, care should be taken not to make a romantic partner feel lockered. Unintentional lockering can occur, but can be avoided through frank and honest conversation.

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When I write Lockering, I mean this:

meaning of Lockering

"Using Academic Studies as an Excuse for Cooling a Relationship"

Summary of Key Points

"Using Academic Studies as an Excuse for Cooling a Relationship" is the most common definition for Lockering on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk, and, as well as in texts and on chat forums. Here's more:
Definition:Using Academic Studies as an Excuse for Cooling a Relationship
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

An Academic Look at Lockering

When used as a dating term, lockering is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "freezing out" instead of saying lockering.

Example of Lockering Used in a Text

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