walk-off

[ wawk-awf, -of ]
/ ˈwɔkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Informal.

a person who escapes easily, especially by walking away from a place of detention; a walkaway: The guards rounded up the walk-offs from the prison farm.

Origin of walk-off

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase walk off

Definition for walk off (2 of 2)

Origin of walk

before 1000; (v.) Middle English walken, Old English wealcan to roll, toss, gewealcan to go; cognate with Dutch, German walken to full (cloth), Old Norse vālka to toss; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related forms

un·walked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for walk off (1 of 2)

walk off


verb

(intr) to depart suddenly
(tr, adverb) to get rid of by walkingto walk off an attack of depression
walk a person off his feet to make someone walk so fast or far that he or she is exhausted
walk off with
  1. to steal
  2. to win, esp easily

British Dictionary definitions for walk off (2 of 2)

walk

/ (wɔːk) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

walkable, adjective

Word Origin for walk

Old English wealcan; related to Old High German walchan, Sanskrit valgati he moves
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Medicine definitions for walk off

walk

[ wôk ]

v.

To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run.

n.

The gait of a human in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
The characteristic way in which one walks.
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Idioms and Phrases with walk off

walk


In addition to the idioms beginning with walk

  • walk all over
  • walk a tightrope
  • walk away from
  • walk away with
  • walking encyclopedia
  • walking papers
  • walk off with
  • walk of life
  • walk on air
  • walk on eggs
  • walk out
  • walk over
  • walk tall
  • walk the floor
  • walk the plank
  • walk through

also see:

  • cock of the walk
  • hands down (in a walk)
  • worship the ground someone walks on
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