Definition of walk out in US English:

walk out

phrasal verb

  • 1Depart suddenly or angrily.

    • ‘He had been falsely accused of stopping the publication of a leaflet and angrily walked out of a party meeting and broke with the party.’
    • ‘Deuba said the rebels had suddenly walked out of peace talks and chose to perpetrate violence of unprecedented scale in the country.’
    • ‘I've never actually walked out on a film at the theatre, on the theory that perhaps there's something in the last five minutes that somehow redeems the rest of the mess.’
    • ‘All of a sudden three people walk out of the screening, and this guy is pulling out his hair.’
    • ‘It ended without the governor of Minnesota in attendance, because he walked out on the shameful display.’
    • ‘Mrs. Trunk attended the Harvard graduation ceremonies and walked out on Annan's speech.’
    • ‘That she gave up and walked out on 15,000 spectators, who had paid £67 a ticket earned her few friends.’
    • ‘With that remark, he got to his feet and walked out, practically pushing Ash out of his way as he passed him.’
    • ‘Delegates walked out on the minister last year after he told them they had to cut the annual €60m overtime bill.’
    • ‘She looked angrily at Ellimaria and walked out of the dining hall, slamming the oversized doors behind her.’
    leave suddenly, make a sudden departure, get up and go, storm off, storm out, flounce out, push off, depart, leave, get out, absent oneself, take wing
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    1. 1.1 Leave one's job suddenly.
      • ‘Still ahead, tens of thousands of supermarket employees all across the country have walked out on the job.’
      • ‘This sentence will definitely go into the history of the newspaper - he is the first department director who can walk out with this clear reason and he is a true man.’
      • ‘I walked out of a job without having another one lined up.’
      • ‘I've just remembered one of the reasons that I originally got the first contract 3 years ago, was all the reps from other companies had walked out on him.’
      • ‘I walked out and am so glad I did.’
    2. 1.2 Go on strike.
      • ‘If academics vote to strike they could walk out next month or in March.’
      • ‘The company's 600 guards are due to walk out on strike again on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.’
      • ‘Then they and other trade unionists walked out for a day.’
      • ‘Up to two million workers walked out in the biggest strike France has seen since the mass public sector strikes of December 1995.’
      • ‘Workers on the Sterling Heights picket line said they walked out over pension and health-care issues.’
      • ‘Newham has more CCTV cameras than any other authority, but they were useless when the workers monitoring them kicked off the strike by walking out on the stroke of midnight.’
      • ‘His 80 colleagues walked out in a spontaneous strike.’
      • ‘Lecturers at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire walked out in a one-day strike over pay this week.’
      • ‘But when casuals were used in Harrow to sort blacked mail, staff walked out and joined the strike.’
      • ‘Relations with management are so bad that as well as the official strikes, 25 porters walked out unofficially recently.’
      go on strike, call a strike, strike, withdraw one's labour, stop work, take industrial action
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    3. 1.3 Abandon someone or something toward which one has responsibilities.
      ‘he walked out on his wife’
      • ‘How they wish she could be back with them, how they hope for a miracle, but not for the return of Avril's husband, who walked out on the family for another woman.’
      • ‘Not there yesterday to greet her was her father, who walked out on the family when Marion was four and subsequently spurned all his daughter's attempts to meet him.’
      • ‘Even the most hostile versions of his family story can't obscure the fact that he walked out on five children who struggled to survive without him.’
      • ‘Ghanaians are still stunned that their national coach, Mariano Barreto, walked out on the job to become the Maritimo boss - without telling them.’
      • ‘A man who suffered at the hands of a brutal father, walked out on his wife and children while playing in France and then started a fresh life with his lover who had just given birth to his daughter.’
      • ‘The third friend is a policeman, whose wife has just walked out on him.’
      • ‘We're meant to feel sympathy for a man who walked out on his kid some 14 years earlier, who once even beat his wife after a vicious yelling match escalated.’
      • ‘When Yates walked out on him after 18 years, he was devastated.’
      • ‘When he walked out on the family, abandoning a wife gravely ill with cancer, he said he had found ‘a greater cause, to serve God’.’
      • ‘After having two more children, Mary walked out on her husband in 1981.’
      desert, abandon, leave, leave in the lurch, betray, run away from, throw over, jilt, run out on, rat on
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  • 2British dated, informal Go for walks in courtship.

    ‘you were walking out with Tom’
    • ‘But you aren't walking out with him or anybody else, understand?’
    • ‘That's what the headlines said when the golfer started walking out with the beautiful Spanish model Ines Sastre.’
    • ‘Sir Charles Bunbury called on her, and insisted on walking out with her, and became rather particular, but our heroine was inflexible.’
    • ‘The next you know, Grazia's teenage daughter is walking out with the policeman and Grazia is driving around with three children on the scooter.’