How come this code does not deadlock?

Shouldn't the Log method block?

namespace Sandbox {
class Program {
    static void Main(string[] args) {
        var log = new Logger();
        lock (log) {
            log.Log("Hello World!");

public class Logger {
    public void Log(string message) {
        lock (this) {



The same thread is acquiring the same lock twice. This works because .NET supports so-called recursive locks (aka reentrant mutexes).

If a resource is locked by a thread, that thread is allowed in, even if it already owns a lock on it. The same is true for this

Object obj = new Object();

lock(obj) {
    lock(obj) {

Would lock out if you couldn't get through by virtue of being the same thread.

Simple - you are running in a single thread.

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