1Depart suddenly or angrily.
- She looked angrily at Ellimaria and walked out of the dining hall, slamming the oversized doors behind her.
- He had been falsely accused of stopping the publication of a leaflet and angrily walked out of a party meeting and broke with the party.
- Deuba said the rebels had suddenly walked out of peace talks and chose to perpetrate violence of unprecedented scale in the country.
1.1Leave one’s job suddenly.
- I've just remembered one of the reasons that I originally got the first contract 3 years ago, was all the reps from other companies had walked out on him.
- Still ahead, tens of thousands of supermarket employees all across the country have walked out on the job.
- This sentence will definitely go into the history of the newspaper - he is the first department director who can walk out with this clear reason and he is a true man.
1.2Go on strike.
- But when casuals were used in Harrow to sort blacked mail, staff walked out and joined the strike.
- Lecturers at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire walked out in a one-day strike over pay this week.
- Workers on the Sterling Heights picket line said they walked out over pension and health-care issues.
(go on) strike, stop work;
protest, mutiny, revolt
1.3Abandon someone or something toward which one has responsibilities: he walked out on his wife
More example sentences
- When he walked out on the family, abandoning a wife gravely ill with cancer, he said he had found ‘a greater cause, to serve God’.
- We're meant to feel sympathy for a man who walked out on his kid some 14 years earlier, who once even beat his wife after a vicious yelling match escalated.
- Ghanaians are still stunned that their national coach, Mariano Barreto, walked out on the job to become the Maritimo boss - without telling them.
2British informal, dated Go for walks in courtship: you were walking out with Tom
More example sentences
- That's what the headlines said when the golfer started walking out with the beautiful Spanish model Ines Sastre.
- The next you know, Grazia's teenage daughter is walking out with the policeman and Grazia is driving around with three children on the scooter.
- Sir Charles Bunbury called on her, and insisted on walking out with her, and became rather particular, but our heroine was inflexible.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.