Definition of walk in English:

walk

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Pronunciation: /wɔːk
 
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verb

1 [no object, usually with adverbial] Move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once: I walked across the lawn she turned and walked a few paces
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  • Every time I lifted my foot to walk, my other foot stuck to the ground and caused me to fall forward.
  • I continued to walk, my pace quickening once I was in a somewhat safer place.
  • As there are never any gaps in the traffic, you simply have to step out into the road and keep walking at a steady pace.
Synonyms
stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse;
advance, proceed, move, go, make one's way
informal mosey, pootle
British informal yomp
rare perambulate
go by/on foot, travel on foot, foot it, be a pedestrian
informal go by/on Shanks's pony, hoof it
1.1Go on foot for recreation and exercise: you can walk in 21,000 acres of moorland
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  • He lists his recreations as walking, cruising, theatre, painting and travel.
  • The other most important aspect is exercise, walking, aerobics, dancing, skipping, whatever takes your fancy.
  • Patients must be initiated into simple exercises such as walking.
1.2 [with object] Travel over (a route or area) on foot: the police department has encouraged officers to walk the beat
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  • Residents of the parish would walk the route, carrying willow wands to beat special stones at set points around the parish boundary.
  • In part, because of that, I believe that officers walking the foot beat is a good thing.
  • I recently attended a meeting in Central Park where a considerable number of us walked the route of the proposed road.
1.3Used to suggest that someone has achieved a state or position easily or undeservedly: no one has the right to walk straight into a well-paid job for life
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  • She walked straight into a business analyst position with a major consulting firm after graduating in economics and government.
  • After studying computer service technology at college, he walked straight into a job as an electronics engineer.
1.4Move in a similar way to walking, but using one’s hands or a support such as stilts: he could walk on his hands carrying a plate on one foot
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  • The focal point of the creation was a 10 ft tall figure which he carried and operated, while walking on stilts.
  • Juggling, walking on stilts and even dressing up as clowns were some of the activities on offer.
  • During the past week campers learnt the art of African and tassa drumming, how to walk on stilts and how to put together an atlas.
1.5(Of a quadruped) proceed with the slowest gait, always having at least two feet on the ground at once.
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  • This distinguishes walking from faster gaits in which ground contact is absent for brief periods.
  • Your horse stays by your side always and that includes walking next to you into a trailer.
  • She turned around again, and stroked her stallion's mane as he walked beside her.
1.6 [with object] Ride (a horse) at the slowest pace: he walked his horse towards her
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  • Just keep walking the horse up to the last point behind the trailer where it is still comfortable and stay there.
  • Each assistant walks the horses thru every step of the pattern, never letting the horse make even the slightest errors.
  • They walked their horses back to the stables and then handed them off to the stable boys.
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Guide, accompany, or escort (someone) on foot: he walked her home to her door figurative a meeting to walk parents through the complaint process
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  • Mrs Watson gets to her feet and walks us back to our homeroom, which is empty because everyone has gone to class.
  • Holly gave Ford a hand getting to his feet, then walked him over to the elevator.
  • Then you wait for an escort to walk you the remaining 40 yards to the main building.
Synonyms
2.1 [with object] Take (a dog) out for exercise: she spotted a man walking his retriever
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  • Taking a walk for exercise, or to walk a dog for that matter, is thus no longer a pleasurable activity.
  • Recently, my friend with a lovely new puppy dog showed me a great place to walk the dog.
  • He walks his dog Jenny, an 11-year-old mongrel, past the river every day and saw the Environment Agency experts inspecting the dead fish.
2.2 [with object] Train and look after (a hound puppy).
3 [no object] informal (Of a thing) go missing or be stolen: customers have to leave a deposit to ensure the beer glasses don’t walk
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  • But do you not find pens 'walk' around the office? I can never keep a pen on my desk, whereas one of my colleagues seems to 'breed' them.
  • But do you not find pens 'walk' around the office? I can never keep a pen on my desk.
4 [no object] North American informal Abandon or suddenly withdraw from a job or commitment: he was in place as the male lead but walked at the eleventh hour
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  • When we arrived over 100 New Orleans P.D. officers had already walked off the job.
  • Should I just walk away from the deal?
  • The country was likely to walk away from the deal.
4.1Be released from suspicion or from a charge: had any of the others come clean during the trial, he might have walked
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  • $500.00 bail (that means $50.00) and he walked!
  • Maybe if he hadn't been so foolish by buying books on forensic investigation or in the way he dealt with his car, he might have walked. But he didn't and clearly the jury thought he was guilty.
5 [no object] (Of a ghost) be visible; appear: the ghosts of Bannockburn walked abroad
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  • Maybe it's because of who my mother was, or maybe it's because of that ghost I've seen walking.
  • Can you think of a better foundation to a little child's value system than that age-old nemesis of evil - The Man who cannot die and The Ghost who walks.
  • Again, a fear of ghosts walking may be the best explanation for burials that appear ‘respectful’ in all other ways.
6 [no object] Cricket (Of a batsman) leave the field without waiting to be given out by the umpire.
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  • Increasingly, it seems, such restraint, like a batsman walking when he nicks it, has gone the way of the dodo.
  • The batsman knows he is out, yet, I've never heard of a match referee suspending a batsman for not walking.
  • Javed Omar was the first to fall, trapped lbw for 3-and he was walking before the umpire had raised his finger.
7 [no object] Baseball Reach first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
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  • Never one to draw many base on balls, Rich is walking at the lowest rate of his career.
7.1 [with object] Allow or enable (a batter) to walk.
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  • Chambers walked eight batters and struck out four in a game that took two hours and one minute to play.
  • Things got a bit tense when Gagne walked J.T. Snow on four pitches as well to load the bases.
  • After walking Stanley, Barber was replaced by Miller who got Don Weft to hit a grounder up the middle.
8 [no object] archaic Live or behave in a particular way: walk humbly with your God
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  • Whether we like him or not, the man was born of flesh and blood, and he lived and he walked among us.
  • Having decided to remain here, it makes no sense that I walk around and live in total fear of what could happen to me.
  • This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

noun

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1An act of travelling or an outing on foot: he was too restless to sleep, so he went out for a walk
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  • Back in April, my first walk in the foot and mouth outbreak was at Dalby Forest.
  • Ramblers of different levels meet every weekend to enjoy walks around the region including the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.
  • He enjoys long walks, romantic dinners, and rescuing hostages.
Synonyms
1.1 [in singular] Used to indicate the time that it will take to reach a place on foot or the distance to be travelled: the library is within five minutes' walk
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  • This caused a bit of a commotion as the hospital grounds are quite large and it was a five minute walk to reach the main entrance.
  • For some reason, the distance was supposedly a hike, when it was a short walk, maybe five minutes.
  • That walk was only twenty five minutes, although much of it was into the biting East Wind.
2A route recommended or marked out for recreational walking: there are picnic places and waymarked walks
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  • Every now and then by accident I meet people who do my walks, and out on the bike the other day I bumped into a couple who recommended walks Wetherby way.
  • The visitor centre was shut, but all we needed was the information board recommending a range of walks.
  • As is traditional the route for the walk was from Strand Village to Monagea community centre.
Synonyms
2.1A path: the street lamps illuminated the riverside walk
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  • Improvements to the riverside walk and cycle path will also be made.
  • New Walk has been further degraded by the removal of wide channels of soil between the tow path and the walk.
  • In the meantime, Spencer's workmen have been cracking on with their other task of refurbishing the riverside walks.
Synonyms
pathway, path, footpath, track, lane, alley, alleyway, walkway, promenade, footway, pavement, trail, trackway, ride, towpath;
road, avenue, drive
3 [in singular] An unhurried rate of movement on foot: they crossed the field at a leisurely walk
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  • We started jogging and got to the top of the street we're on and slowed to a walk.
  • She looked up to the sky and felt her pace slow to a lethargic walk.
  • As I ran past one of the gardens I slowed my pace, stumbling into a slow walk.
3.1The slowest gait of an animal: she reined her horse to a slow walk
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  • He flicked the reins and Alberta began to move, first at a slow walk, then at a spirited canter.
  • Sarge came charging up the path and when he saw us, slowed to an easy walk.
  • The sun had been up for just a few hours when Kayin slowed Star to a walk.
3.2A person’s manner of walking: the spring was back in his walk
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  • It definitely had looked like him, and the walk and the manner had seemed all but the same.
  • However it was her companion who caught his eye, with her slow and cautious manner, and easy walk.
  • We settled into a brisk walk as we exited through the front doors and entered the parking lot.
Synonyms
gait, manner of walking, pace, step, stride, tread, carriage, bearing
4British A part of a forest under one keeper.
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  • Helen hitches a ride to Ashley Walk with New Forest Verderer Anthony Pasmore.
  • In the mid 16th century a quarter of the walk was set with old oak and the rest with oak, thorn, maple, birch, hazel, withies, holly, and ash.
  • The use of the Forest as an exclusive hunting ground waned during the reign of Charles II and the office of "Keeper of the Walk" became a Grace and Favour appointment.
4.1The place where a gamecock is kept.
5British A farm where a hound puppy is trained.
6 Baseball An instance of reaching first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
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  • It's still three strikes you're out and four balls for a walk but so much of the fun is gone.
  • Still winless since his arrival last month, Galva issued four walks and a wild pitch that proved to be the difference in the game.
  • In his career, he issued 70 walks in 160 innings pitched and collected 50 strikeouts.

Origin

Old English wealcan 'roll, toss', also 'wander', of Germanic origin. The sense 'move about', and specifically 'go about on foot', arose in Middle English.

Phrases

walk before one can run

Grasp the basic skills before attempting something more difficult.
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  • But you have to walk before you can run, and I have had to concentrate on brushing up the forward play.
  • ‘But,’ Doc winced as the glass shattered, ‘You have got to learn how to walk before you can run.’
  • But I believe that, quite sensibly, the Government of the day has rejected that and instead is taking the approach that first one must walk before one can run.

walking encyclopedia

(also walking dictionary)
informal A person who has an impressive knowledge of facts or words: he was a walking encyclopedia of facts on organized crime
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  • Henry's a walking encyclopaedia of Manchester City knowledge.
  • The man is a walking encyclopedia, with vast knowledge of history, the classics, politics, and anything else one can possibly think of.
  • He is a walking encyclopedia of names, dates and facts relating to the history of the sport and the Hall of Fame.

walk the boards

see board.

a walk in the park

informal
Something that is very easy to accomplish: as any director will tell you, doing Shakespeare isn’t a walk in the park
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  • The audited statements made the financial part of the due diligence process a walk in the park.
  • The music rounds in particular were a walk in the park.
  • Being stuck alone with my father isn't a walk in the park.

walk it

informal Achieve a victory easily: they said I’d walk it, so why didn’t they vote for me?
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  • But it wasn't a view shared by the Times or the Telegraph, where Steyn stuck to his earlier predictions that Republicans would walk it with a 315 electoral vote victory.
  • And I probably could have walked it if I hadn't consigned all the really depressing stuff to a dusty corner of the web where you can't see it.
  • Even so, if the Wasps had played anywhere near as good as they had done in their previous match, against Villeneuve, they would have walked it.

walk Matilda

walk someone off their feet

Walk with someone until they are exhausted.
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  • At the time I was about seventy-five years and Leon wasn't too far behind me but he walked me off my feet.
  • Dr Graham walked me off my feet round the cathedral and other historic parts of the city.
  • Aged 70 she holidayed in Oban with son Anthony, walked him off his feet on a 14- mile hike, then completed the trek by doing the splits.

walk of life

A person’s occupation or position within society: the courses attracted people from all walks of life
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  • In this job you get to know people from many walks of life and professions.
  • They are anguished arguments and they take place in all classes and walks of life.
  • This will result in the making of better professionals in every walk of life.
Synonyms
class, status, rank, caste, station, sphere, arena, area, domain, realm;
Frenchmétier

walk of shame

informal An instance of walking back home on the day after an unplanned casual sexual encounter, typically dressed in the same clothes as the previous evening: if you’re at his and have to make the dreaded walk of shame home, steel yourself
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  • "My first record was about the girl who stays out all night and does the walk of shame the next morning," she says in Interview magazine.
  • However, if you're moved to make that no-strings-attached booty call, just be sure he's coming to your place so he has to take the walk of shame back home the next morning.
  • You can't imagine that these pretty young things might wake up in a stranger's bed or find themselves doing the walk of shame, stilettos in hand, at 9 am as joggers stride past on a Sunday morning.

walk on air

see air.

walk on eggshells

Be extremely cautious about one’s words or actions: his air of tetchy perfectionism encouraged those around him to walk on eggshells
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  • All his belongings are still in the flat near to our house and I am going to be walking on eggshells now until it is empty."
  • I always felt I was walking on eggshells, avoiding what you didn't want to talk about, or didn't dare talk about.
  • We were constantly walking on eggshells because we were worried about upsetting him in case it would cause a situation.

walk the plank

see plank.

walk the streets

1Walk freely in a town or city: it was not safe to walk the streets at night
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  • Large numbers of snake charmers once could be seen walking the streets of cities and towns, their cloth-covered baskets hanging from bamboo poles slung across the shoulders.
  • With the passing of our Town Hall those days are now but distant memories and far removed from an era when it is no longer safe to walk the streets of our town in early morning.
  • Some of the men and women walking the streets of our towns, cities and villages are actually not well.
2Work as a prostitute: she walked the streets for a few weeks when she was desperate
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  • He made friends with the prostitutes who walked the streets and even the Narcs, who sold their vials of death on every street corner.
  • Alongside the strip clubs, peep shows, and massage parlors, a large number of prostitutes walked the streets.
  • Beggars, gamblers, drunkards, and prostitutes walked the streets, looking for money which, one way or the other, they would get.

walk the walk (also walk the talk)

informal , chiefly North American Suit one’s actions to one’s words: it’s hard to walk one’s talk when it comes to keeping the environment clean
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  • Some really do hold to their word and walk their talk.
  • And I concluded it's better to walk your talk than to talk.
  • But in this field of new-media communication, you'd better be able to walk your talk.

walk the wards

dated Gain experience as a clinical medical student.
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  • We employed two medical students to walk the wards for 28 nights, obtaining independent information about each event requiring a resident doctor or clinical site practitioner between 10 pm and 8am.
  • I had just finished my preclinical training at Cambridge and had come down to London to walk the wards at Bart's.
  • A year's experience in walking the wards was required.

win in a walk

North American Win without effort or competition.
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  • A Republican Congressional candidate in Indiana, Chris Chocola, won in a walk, thus sparing us all ‘Re-Count Chocola’ headlines.
  • If you are wrong, what do you do then, if he doesn't win in a walk, let's say, in November?
  • When forced to choose between Lanie and his son, it's no contest: the son wins in a walk and, while it's a drag to lose Lanie, Pete's pretty stoic about the whole thing.

Phrasal verbs

walk all over

informal
Treat in an inconsiderate or exploitative manner: don’t let the cops walk all over you
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  • For some reason, beyond my comprehension, our Government seems prepared to allow continental operators to walk all over us in this manner and it is quite scandalous.
  • Minding one's manners is not synonymous with playing doormat and having people walk all over you.
  • All his life people have used, abused and walked all over him.
Synonyms
take advantage of, impose on, exploit, make use of, use, abuse, misuse, manipulate, take liberties with, trifle with, play with
informal walk over, take for a ride, put one over on, play for a sucker, run rings around
Defeat easily.
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  • The National League walked all over them.
  • The results reflected the change that has come over Indian morale and training since the grim days of 1962, when the Chinese walked all over them.
Synonyms
trounce, beat hollow, defeat utterly, rout, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, crush, overwhelm, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees
informal thrash, lick, hammer, clobber, paste, pound, pulverize, crucify, demolish, destroy, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, wipe the floor with, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow someone out of the water, make mincemeat of, murder, massacre, slaughter, flatten, turn inside out, tank
British informal stuff, marmalize
North American informal blow out, cream, shellac, skunk, slam
US informal own

walk away

Casually or irresponsibly withdraw from a situation in which one is involved or for which one is responsible: they can walk away from the deal and leave the other person stranded
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  • The two men casually walked away when they saw the witness coming towards them.
  • If somebody's hurling abuse at you, it may be better to just walk away from the situation.
  • It is not good enough for these politicians to walk away and ignore the situation.

walk away with

informal another way of saying walk off with.

walk something back

chiefly US Retract a statement or reverse an action or decision: senior members of the administration tried to walk back her comments
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  • A day later he walked his comments back.
  • Republican leaders have since walked back their support of the measure.
  • He walked back his comments almost immediately. Who knows where he really stands on the issue?

walk for

Model the clothes of (a particular designer or fashion house) at a fashion show: she’s worked with Rankin, shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs, and walked for Chanel and Vivienne Westwood
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  • Crystal Renn is walking for everyone!
  • There's at least 6 shows per day at LA Fashion Week and I often see the same models walking for multiple designers.
  • We've also seen her walking for Saint Laurent and Chanel.

walk in on

Come upon (a person or situation) suddenly or unexpectedly: he was clearly not expecting her to walk in on him just then
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  • Shannon snapped his fingers as if remembering the situation he had unexpectedly walked in on.
  • Now his mind filled with relief he walked in on yet another difficult situation which seemed to surround his life although this was a little more serious than he had expected.
  • I think I'm developing a knack for walking in on situations like this.

walk into

informal Become involved in through ignorance or carelessness: I had walked into a situation from which there was no escape
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  • They are walking into a favourable demographic situation, and recognize the fact.
  • No-one can walk into a situation and make things world class just like that - it takes time.
  • There was no chance you could walk into the Hibs situation at that time and change it overnight.

walk off with

informal
1Steal: someone’s walked off with my car keys
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  • Their success in picking the locks of the bank and walking off with the £22 million must have been an ease to them as they contemplated what presents to get for their offspring.
  • I headed back in the store with Spense and we found out that the woman behind me had picked it up and walked off with it.
  • In a situation like the Bahamas, huge multi-nationals with headquarters elsewhere are walking off with our monetary resources, while calling it a gain for us.
Synonyms
informal filch, swipe, nab, snaffle, blag, ‘borrow’, ‘liberate’, rip something off
British informal pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, knock off, trouser
2Win: the group walked off with a silver medal
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  • The winning team walked off with a cash award of Rs.5,000, a rolling trophy and Reva scholarships worth Rs.25,000 each.
  • The host team also walked off with the fourth-place finish after falling to the Kelowna Owls via a golden goal.
  • Almost a year of dedication paid off for the Iphutheng Primary School team, which walked off with the Carnegie Cup at this year's Story Skirmish.
Synonyms
win easily, win hands down, achieve, attain, earn, gain, receive, obtain, acquire, secure, collect, pick up, come away with, net
informal bag

walk something off

Take a walk in order to undo the effects of a heavy meal: people wishing to walk off the excesses of the festive season
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  • The next restaurant was a twenty minute walk down the road - I attempted to walk my meal off, but felt somewhat sick upon my arrival after all the moving around.
  • Still, it was filling, and like last time we left the table feeling stuffed, happy to walk it off.
  • We walked the pizza off across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan and took a quick shufty round before heading back to the hotel.

walk out

1Depart or leave suddenly or angrily: he had walked out in a temper he walked out after finding the pressure of the job too much
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  • 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.
Synonyms
leave suddenly, make a sudden departure, get up and go, storm off/out, flounce out, push off, depart, leave, get out, absent oneself, take wing
informal take off
1.1Go on strike: teachers are ready to walk out in a protest over class sizes
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  • 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.
Synonyms
go on strike, call a strike, strike, withdraw one's labour, stop work, take industrial action;
protest, mutiny, revolt
British informal down tools
1.2Abandon someone or something towards which one has responsibilities: he walked out on his wife
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  • 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.
Synonyms
informal chuck, dump, ditch, leave someone holding the baby
British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off
archaic forsake
2British informal , dated Go for walks in courtship: you were walking out with Tom
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  • 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.

walk over

1 informal another way of saying walk all over.
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  • To others he is nothing short of a ruthless builder of wealth and prestige with little concern for those whom he walks over to get what he wants.
  • She has money problems to rival the national debt, more people walking over her than a 'Welcome' mat and the requisite ex-boyfriend from hell.
  • He let Powell walk over him too much.
2 Horse Racing Traverse (a racecourse) without needing to hurry, because one has no opponents or only inferior ones.
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  • If a horse has no competitor, it can win by just "walking over" to the finish line.
  • Our horse just needed to "walk over" the course to collect the purse.

walk up!

British Used by a showman as an invitation to enter a circus or other show: walk up and have a look
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  • Meet outside The Royal Parks Office on the Inner Circle of Regents Park and walk up to see The Smallest Cinema in the World.
  • Walk up and see the most surprising performance in the whole fair, by the three brothers, from the Caribbean Islands of which I am a native myself.
  • Walk up! Walk up! Walk up and see the horse's head where his tail ought to be.

Derivatives

walkable

adjective
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  • The police, along with the Corporation, have been cleaning subways to make them more walkable and are even planning lift-operated foot overbridges.
  • On the other, it is quaint and companionable, ‘a compact, walkable city with a human face.’
  • You will be given various clues as to its whereabouts, which may be in walkable distance from your cottage.

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