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walkabout

[ wawk-uh-bout ]
/ ˈwɔk əˌbaʊt /
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noun

Chiefly British.
  1. a walking tour.
  2. an informal public stroll taken by members of the royal family or by a political figure for the purpose of greeting and being seen by the public.
Australian.
  1. a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aboriginal person to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
  2. absence from work.

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Origin of walkabout

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase walk about
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British Dictionary definitions for walkabout

walkabout
/ (ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt) /

noun

a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
a walking tour
an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
go walkabout Australian
  1. to wander through the bush
  2. informal to be lost or misplaced
  3. informal to lose one's concentration
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