walkout

or walk-out

[ wawk-out ]
/ ˈwɔkˌaʊt /

noun

a strike by workers.
the act of leaving or being absent from a meeting, especially as an expression of protest.
a doorway in a building or room that gives direct access to the outdoors: a home with a sliding-glass walkout from the living room to the patio.

adjective

having a doorway that gives direct access to the outdoors: a walkout basement.

Origin of walkout

1885–90, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase walk out

Definition for walk out (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 out (1 of 2)

walk out

verb (intr, adverb)

to leave without explanation, esp in anger
to go on strike
walk out on informal to abandon or desert
walk out with British obsolete, or dialect to court or be courted by

noun walkout

a strike by workers
the act of leaving a meeting, conference, etc, as a protest

British Dictionary definitions for walk out (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 out

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 out (1 of 2)

walk out

1

Go on strike, as in The union threatened to walk out if management would not listen to its demands. [Late 1800s]


2

Leave suddenly, especially as a sign of disapproval. For example, The play was so bad we walked out after the first act. [First half of 1800s]

3

Also, walk out on. Desert, abandon, as in He walked out on his wife and five children. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with walk out (2 of 2)

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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