Definition of walkover in US English:



  • 1An easy victory.

    ‘a 12–2 walkover’
    • ‘With Castellana enjoying his best year as a driver, Smith knew his first-round race would be no walkover.’
    • ‘In defeats, small or big, much is learned but walkovers are soul-destroying.’
    • ‘After his walkover first-round victory, Vaks went on to lose in the third round of the competition.’
    • ‘Such internal turmoil might have resulted in the past from a damaging military defeat, but has never followed such a walkover victory.’
    • ‘So why is everyone assuming it will be another walkover for Labour on May 5?’
    • ‘What was expected to be a walkover almost turned into a nightmare for Denmark in their World Cup qualifying group three bout against Malta last night.’
    • ‘Although I'm confident Ali would have defeated Louis, it would have been a close fight and not a walkover as some have suggested.’
    • ‘We are giving the fans a genuine fight, and it is not going to be a walkover.’
    • ‘Another election walkover - the punters are in the palms of our hands.’
    • ‘True, they realized that it wouldn't be a walkover.’
    • ‘Ferris concludes that ‘the Battle of Britain was a walkover, one of the most one-sided victories in military history’.’
    • ‘But the tour will be no walkover as the Australians will be seeking to retrieve some prestige.’
    • ‘While decisive, the women's victory wasn't exactly a walkover.’
    • ‘‘It really isn't going to be a walkover to enforce this law,’ she says.’
    • ‘His victory over Handley wasn't exactly a walkover; Handley's parents own a squash club in Oxfordshire so he knows his way around a squash court and moves with grace and economy.’
    • ‘Small, splintered and cash-strapped opposition parties struggled against shifting electoral boundaries and costly election fees as the PAP enjoyed another walkover win last year.’
    • ‘The Italians weren't walkovers, repelling a number of New Zealand's opportunities in the first 10 minutes and eventually crossing for a try 11 minutes after half-time.’
    • ‘Every year there are professional teams getting knocked out of the Cup by amateur clubs and, while there are some walkover games, there are others that are very close.’
    • ‘The Exeter game was a bit of a walkover for them in the end but I don't think that will happen again.’
    • ‘Fast, intelligent and a great tackler, he will be no walkover, even for players as good as Olivier Magne, Budge Pountney and Neil Back.’
    easy victory, runaway victory, rout, landslide, triumph, game, set, and match, gift
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    1. 1.1 A victory awarded in a sports contest in the absence of the other competitor or competitors (as a result of injury, disqualification, etc.)
      ‘both players were well rested after receiving walkovers when their opponents withdrew from the semifinals’
      • ‘There was Venus' last-minute withdrawal at Indian Wells last year, Serena awarded the walkover and rewarded with resounding jeers throughout her ensuing final.’
      • ‘There was disappointment for the Enniscrone senior footballers on Saturday evening last, when they received a walkover from Drumcliffe, who were unable to field a team.’
      • ‘It started in a dull fashion, though, when Miranda Ranieri was forced to withdraw from the event for personal reasons, giving the top seed Melissa Martin a walkover.’
      • ‘Young Joanne Somers of Poppleton club was awarded the women's singles trophy on a walkover when number one seed Betty Norman (York RI) withdrew because of illness.’
      • ‘They had to make do with a walkover in their final match of the season when opponents Victoria failed to show.’
      • ‘Peter Lawson, the August winner, beat Ian Harrison 2-0 and Phil Anderson received a walkover as John Dodd was unable to attend because of work commitments.’
      • ‘Seven others have been abandoned before completion while 18 teams have been awarded walkover victories to date because their opponents have failed to fulfil fixtures.’
      • ‘The Rock u-16 team received a walkover from The Harps in the u-16 league and remain undefeated in their division.’
      • ‘He got a first round walkover yesterday when controversial Aussie Quinten Hann failed to turn up for the event.’
      • ‘Australia's unseeded Natalie Grinham was the beneficiary of the walkover and will now face her sister Rachael Grinham in the quarter-finals.’
      • ‘After a bye in the first round and a walkover in the second round when his opponent failed to show, Davison knocked out Lancastrian Michael Ward 4-2 before beating Day.’
      • ‘The next county board meeting will decide on walkovers or withdrawals and the second games were due for Monday or Tuesday of this week.’
      • ‘Premier Division - Castle Villa received a walkover from Roberstown on Sunday, January 28.’
      • ‘Clane seconds were unable to field, giving Cill Dara a walkover.’
      • ‘In the girls u-17 final, Gráinne Hughes partnered Gráinne Brennan and received a walkover when their Dublin opponents failed to appear.’
      • ‘Puerto Rico went 1 up in the third bout when Olympian Joseph Serrano, won via walkover.’
      • ‘The Newcastle no-show gave York a walkover and success in the third round, to be played on Sunday, October 29 against as yet unnamed opponents, will leave them two games away from a place in the final.’
      • ‘Little Lever failed to appear for last Sunday's opening first round matches at Bolton School, leaving Bradshaw with a walkover into the second round.’
      • ‘The York team comprehensively beat Stoke City in the first round and received a walkover in round two when their opponents, Newcastle United, failed to turn up.’
      • ‘Taking advantage of a walkover caused by withdrawal due to injury by Liam Griffith in the semi-final, Surendran was, nevertheless, the underdog for the final against Chris Gilbert.’
  • 2A somersault in which a gymnast performs a handstand and then slowly moves the feet backward and down to the floor, or first arches back into a handstand and then slowly moves the feet forward and down to the floor.

    • ‘As a specialty dancer for Ziegfeld she performed backward walkovers leading the elephants on to the stage.’
    • ‘Being a gymnast was beginning to hurt too much; there were too many moves I was told that I should no longer attempt, from handsprings to backward walkovers; and I was, for the first time, feeling fear.’
    • ‘I also mixed in some pseudo-Pilates mat work and a walkover.’
    • ‘Regularly she turns the entire house into a gym, doing flips and walkovers and stuff with her friends.’
    • ‘On balance beam, China's Qi Linzi performed a steady combination of aerial walkover to full-twisting Shushunova.’
    • ‘Back walkover, flip flop, flip flop, double back with a hop.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean you have to stretch until you can perform a split or do a backward walkover.’


Early 19th century: with reference to a horse race in which the winner, through the absence of competitors, has no need to race but can just walk over the finish line.