or walk-out

[ wawk-out ]
/ ˈwɔkˌaʊt /


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.


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



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Origin of walkout

1885–90, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase walk out
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British Dictionary definitions for walkout

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
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Cultural definitions for walkout


The action of leaving a meeting, place of work, or organization as an expression of disapproval or grievance: “During Grimm's speech, the radical students staged a walk-out.”

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Idioms and Phrases with walkout

walk out


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


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]


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

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