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When You Gotta Lock In

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Updated Jun 05, 2024 at 03:26PM EDT by Zach.

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When You Gotta Lock In refers to a phrasal template used to describe the act of concentrating, focusing, or "zoning in." It is often used as part of the catchphrase, "When the face ID fucking up and I gotta lock in." Memes showing an expressive face followed by a more serious "locked in" face grew popular in the year 2023.

Origin

An April 9th, 2009 entry on Urban Dictionary[1] by user NicLydon gives a definition for the phrase "Lock in," saying it means, "Get Extra Extra focused on your dream."


Locked In Get Extra Extra focused on your dream We are taking a one hour twitter/blackberry break. lock in!!! Get locked in!!! by NicLydon April 9, 2009 207 29 y f FLAG

Use of the phrase "gotta lock in" can be traced as far back as the year 2011 on X (formerly Twitter), as seen in an April 21st, 2011 post by @kingryan91,[2] and a July 26th, 2012 post by @CeejayLeggett7[3] (seen below).


Ryan Edwards @kingryan91 I gotta lock in on this humanities paper tomorrow 6:47 AM. Apr 21, 2011 @YNGKOBE 7 @CeejayLeggett7 For the next few months i gotta lock in and focus!! 12:33 AM Jul 26, 2012

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On August 16th, 2023 Instagram[4] page @uranus posted a meme showing two crying emojis and a young man emoji captioned, "when the face ID fuckin up and I gotta lock in." The post gathered over 7,000 likes in three months (seen below, left). On October 2nd, Instagram[5] page @mutua.ly posted a meme showing a crying and then straight-faced baby, gathering over 1,000 likes in a month (seen below, right).


when the Face ID f----- up and I gotta lock in When you gotta lock in:

On October 2nd, Instagram[6] page @igotsucc.v2 posted a meme that read, "When you drunk and high as fuck in 7-11 and you gotta lock in to talk to the cashier." The post gathered over 20,000 likes in a month (seen below, left). On October 18th, Instagram[7] page @indianhoodmoments posted a version of the meme as well, gathering over 10,000 likes in two weeks (seen below, right).


When you drunk and high as f--- at 7-11 and you gotta lock in to talk to the cashier When the face ID f----- up and I gotta lock in

Various Examples


J Tik Tok @incollegedebt of When the barber gets to you hairline so you gotta lock in When the face ID f----- up and I gotta lock in do when the face id eking up and you gotta lock in When you gotta lock in: a v B When the face ID f----- u and I gotta lock in U when the calculus video says ohio and I gotta lock in

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External References

[1] Urban Dictionary – Lock In

[2] X – kingryan91

[3] X – CeejayLeggett7

[4] Β Instagram – uranus

[5] Instagram – mutua.ly

[6] Instagram – igotsucc.v2

[7] Instagram – indianhoodmoments

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