- of or relating to persons who walk into a place from the street, especially irregularly or without an appointment: walk-in customers; walk-in sales; a walk-in patient.
- large enough to be walked into: a walk-in kitchen.
- a person, as a customer, patient, or interviewee, who arrives without an appointment: Many of the clinic's patients are walk-ins who suddenly need help.
- something large enough to be walked into, as a closet.
- an assured victory in an election or other contest.
Origin of walk-in
First recorded in 1925–30; adj., noun use of verb phrase walk in
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Examples from the Web for walk-in
The room is quite elaborate, with a walk-in freezer and several ovens.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
This guy was not recruited by the CIA, he was a walk-in who volunteered to spy for the United States in 2012.The CIA’s Bumbling German Spy Was More Austin Powers and Less James Bond
Christopher Dickey, Nadette De Visser
July 8, 2014
Taking your child to a walk-in clinic may seem like a good solution, but it prizes convenience over quality.Retail Clinics Are More Common Than Ever, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Use Them
April 1, 2014
He says it can be done in a lab about the size of a walk-in closet using “kitchen cupboard” ingredients.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
Randi Hutter Epstein
August 31, 2013
With six salons in and around London, a walk-in is near-guaranteed.Gal With a Suitcase
February 26, 2011
Crestwood's walk-in refrigerator had a freezing compartment that would accommodate a side of beef.Double Challenge
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Now the hull offis is mad at me, 'cos I ain't a walk-in' cyclopeeda of typograffickal turm.The Bad Boy At Home
Walter T. Gray
Permission slips were easy, inoculations could be had at the walk-in clinic once a year at the fire house.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
- (of a cupboard) large enough to allow a person to enter and move about in
- US (of a building or apartment) located so as to admit of direct access from the street
- (of a flat or house) in a suitable condition for immediate occupation
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