Definition of walk in English:



  • 1no object, usually with adverbial Move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once.

    ‘I walked across the lawn’
    ‘she turned and walked a few paces’
    • ‘Adaela flashed James a venomous smile and began walking at a faster pace.’
    • ‘As there are never any gaps in the traffic, you simply have to step out into the road and keep walking at a steady pace.’
    • ‘While other students were hurrying to get to class, Rocky was walking at a semi-leisurely pace.’
    • ‘Lauren looked around, but saw nothing, and kept going, walking at a faster pace.’
    • ‘I continued to walk, my pace quickening once I was in a somewhat safer place.’
    • ‘Every time I lifted my foot to walk, my other foot stuck to the ground and caused me to fall forward.’
    • ‘I can even walk more than ten paces in three inch heels now, too!’
    • ‘Jude tied his three gourds to his belt, then walked with a measured pace downstream.’
    • ‘She walked at a comfortable pace until she was about two yards away from Jen.’
    • ‘We carried on walking at a steady pace, turned another corner and stopped at a pale green door.’
    • ‘She walked at her normal pace ignoring those behind her wanting to go faster.’
    • ‘With that I sneered and walked off, my pace quick with the heat of getting myself angry again.’
    • ‘I took a quick step back before walking forward, lifting my leg, and kicking the door open.’
    • ‘That's perfect for me because I can walk at a good pace and he can drive like a madman.’
    • ‘Holmes though was not in the mood for praise and walked at a pace that I struggled to maintain.’
    • ‘It looked up at me and meowed again, and when I started walking, it kept pace with me.’
    • ‘Eve's footsteps were echoing off the dank walls as she walked forward a few paces.’
    • ‘I was almost too scared to leave the flat, and when I did I walked with the pace of a 90 year old.’
    • ‘I got really excited and I started to walk at a faster pace to catch up with the procession.’
    • ‘He saw how a fragment of leg bone fitted into the foot bones, and knew those feet were made for walking on the ground, not moving in trees.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse
    go by foot, go on foot, travel on foot, foot it, be a pedestrian
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    1. 1.1 Go on foot for recreation and exercise.
      ‘you can walk in 21,000 acres of moorland’
      • ‘Saying that, I have been swimming like a fish, walking and doing my exercises every second day, which isn't bad at all.’
      • ‘Even moderate exercise, like walking, can help you get a better night's sleep.’
      • ‘He lists his recreations as walking, cruising, theatre, painting and travel.’
      • ‘If you are busy doing lots of work, I suggest you exercise. Take time to walk or climb.’
      • ‘Exercise may include walking, gardening, dancing, or use of a stationary bicycle.’
      • ‘The only exercise I get is walking up and down the beach and, of course, surfing.’
      • ‘Aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, and biking are also beneficial.’
      • ‘Patients must be initiated into simple exercises such as walking.’
      • ‘His workshop is an introduction to a healthy lifestyle of fun, walking and exercise and lasts for ninety minutes.’
      • ‘The aim is to encourage people who never do any exercise to walk for half an hour a day, five days a week, and to educate people about the benefits of walking.’
      • ‘After he had his stroke, the doctor suggested he should do some exercise, walking or even a bit of gentle cycling.’
      • ‘Doctors now advocate light physical exercises such as walking and sometimes, even swimming.’
      • ‘The other most important aspect is exercise, walking, aerobics, dancing, skipping, whatever takes your fancy.’
      • ‘Exercise daily by walking and/or swimming until it no longer feels comfortable.’
      • ‘Even moderate exercise, such as walking, has real health benefits if you do it regularly all year round.’
      • ‘Obviously, caution should be exercised when walking on tinder dry moorlands.’
      • ‘Light exercises such as walking, hiking and swimming are beneficial.’
      • ‘You may need to avoid strenuous exercise for up to a month, but walking and gentle exercises are encouraged.’
      • ‘His day is spent managing his pain, doing his exercises and walking.’
      • ‘Check with your doctor for permission to do light exercise, such as walking.’
    2. 1.2with object Travel over (a route or area) on foot.
      ‘the police department has encouraged officers to walk the beat’
      • ‘Residents of the parish would walk the route, carrying willow wands to beat special stones at set points around the parish boundary.’
      • ‘Officials from County Hall were then sent to walk the route for themselves to see whether they believed it was safe.’
      • ‘One of our managers has also visited the area and walked the ground to assess all aspects of accessibility.’
      • ‘We are reasonably experienced walkers, acceptably fit and have walked the route several times before.’
      • ‘We were also told that they would be joined by a couple of students that were walking the route.’
      • ‘We decided to walk a route we may do on Sunday with our walking group.’
      • ‘Audiences access these soundscapes with headphones as they walk a predetermined route through the city.’
      • ‘Instead of walking the same dull route, let your curiosity be your guide.’
      • ‘In part, because of that, I believe that officers walking the foot beat is a good thing.’
      • ‘The group have walked the route and informed Bradford Council of potential problems and repairs that need to be made to the footpath.’
      • ‘Mrs O'Callaghan added that he had walked the route on several occasions before.’
      • ‘The 21 women range from ten years old to over 60 and some will be walking the three-mile route.’
      • ‘But perhaps the biggest change was in the number of pilgrims walking the yatra route.’
      • ‘Then as we walk a route it will be coloured to show where we have been.’
      • ‘I recently attended a meeting in Central Park where a considerable number of us walked the route of the proposed road.’
      • ‘Having walked the area one Sunday morning recently, he said that the bins were full to capacity.’
      • ‘When you walk this route as I do, you see what you miss when you fly past in a car.’
      • ‘During the course of the run they also made some friends, in a group of Spanish pilgrims who were walking the same route.’
      • ‘Orangemen said it was their right to walk their only route home.’
      • ‘But what about his friends, he wanted to know, who walk the same route?’
    3. 1.3 Used to suggest that someone has achieved a state or position easily or undeservedly.
      ‘no one has the right to walk straight into a well-paid job for life’
      • ‘She walked straight into a business analyst position with a major consulting firm after graduating in economics and government.’
      • ‘After studying computer service technology at college, he walked straight into a job as an electronics engineer.’
    4. 1.4 Move in a similar way to walking, but using one's hands or a support such as stilts.
      ‘he could walk on his hands carrying a plate on one foot’
      • ‘Juggling, walking on stilts and even dressing up as clowns were some of the activities on offer.’
      • ‘During the past week campers learnt the art of African and tassa drumming, how to walk on stilts and how to put together an atlas.’
      • ‘The focal point of the creation was a 10 ft tall figure which he carried and operated, while walking on stilts.’
      • ‘Marie also remembers him learning to ride a bike, them both walking on stilts and playing at the beach.’
      • ‘Clara is like an angel when she walks on stilts, beating her drum.’
      • ‘Dougie is not a musician but he can be seen walking on stilts at street carnivals and festivals as he is a professional clown.’
    5. 1.5 (of a quadruped) proceed with the slowest gait, always having at least two feet on the ground at once.
      • ‘Now they would have to wait for some hours before the horses were able to walk again.’
      • ‘Your horse stays by your side always and that includes walking next to you into a trailer.’
      • ‘In pre-railway racing, horses had to walk from one race to another, which sometimes took weeks.’
      • ‘Here, Ramirez reined in his horse and they walked forward at a sedate trot.’
      • ‘This distinguishes walking from faster gaits in which ground contact is absent for brief periods.’
      • ‘You apply the aids for a left lead canter and the horse just keeps walking along as though nothing changed at all.’
      • ‘She turned around again, and stroked her stallion's mane as he walked beside her.’
    6. 1.6with object Ride (a horse) at the slowest pace.
      ‘he walked his horse towards her’
      • ‘Each assistant walks the horses thru every step of the pattern, never letting the horse make even the slightest errors.’
      • ‘Diana shook her head and walked her horse towards what was left of the village.’
      • ‘You can walk your stallion right past a mare and have him pay no attention if you don't want him to.’
      • ‘They walked their horses back to the stables and then handed them off to the stable boys.’
      • ‘He began to walk his horse towards me, pushing me into line with the other men.’
      • ‘Just keep walking the horse up to the last point behind the trailer where it is still comfortable and stay there.’
      • ‘In my childhood we lived near Berkhamsted and I walked and rode my pony in the woods at Ashridge.’
  • 2with object and adverbial of direction Guide, accompany, or escort (someone) on foot.

    ‘he walked her home to her door’
    figurative ‘a meeting to walk parents through the complaint process’
    • ‘Then you wait for an escort to walk you the remaining 40 yards to the main building.’
    • ‘This he accomplished on foot, walking the stock down the road through the villages and into the City.’
    • ‘Mrs Watson gets to her feet and walks us back to our homeroom, which is empty because everyone has gone to class.’
    • ‘Pretty soon he was escorting me to my classes and walking me home from school.’
    • ‘Many parents walk their children to and from school but lots of others live outside the village and need to drive in.’
    • ‘Alex Maxwell, Airdrie-born but now an accomplished local historian, walks me round the town.’
    • ‘The lights were on, so my parents were still up, and Ryan walked me to the front door.’
    • ‘A young woman walks her sons home; sons fathered by different men.’
    • ‘I just let my feet walk me towards home in the pattern of streets I'd already started to memorize.’
    • ‘One woman, who did not want to be named, said that the bikers even sped past when parents were walking their children home from school.’
    • ‘A digital audio player walks tourists through exhibit spaces such as Alcatraz, the Empire State Building, and the Tower of London.’
    • ‘When we finish talking, Johns walks me down to the studio, where he is working on a series of etchings based on works he made in 2003.’
    • ‘A group of mums are using a secret weapon to encourage parents to walk their children to school - pester power.’
    • ‘To encourage more parents to walk their children to school Croydon Council is promoting a national campaign.’
    • ‘Parents are asked to walk their children to school or use the vehicular access to the junior school.’
    • ‘Holly gave Ford a hand getting to his feet, then walked him over to the elevator.’
    • ‘She said there had been claims the mothers and fathers who walked their children up the road to school were bad parents.’
    • ‘Both the young artists were busy today walking visitors through their paintings and clarifying an occasional point or two.’
    • ‘As the attendant walked her to her seat, she was forcefully aware of all eyes on her.’
    • ‘The county council is urging all parents to start walking their children to school, even if it is just for the last half a mile to the school gate itself.’
    accompany, escort, guide, show, see, convoy, conduct, usher, marshal, lead, take, attend, chaperone, steer, herd, shepherd
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    1. 2.1with object Take (a dog) out for exercise.
      ‘she spotted a man walking his retriever’
      • ‘Recently, my friend with a lovely new puppy dog showed me a great place to walk the dog.’
      • ‘Often the fact is that we have plenty of time for walking the dog in our neighbourhoods but we seldom spend the time to take a walk to be with our parents.’
      • ‘Early the next morning a woman walking her dog near St Mark's church in Woodhouse, Leeds, saw a man slumped against the churchyard gate.’
      • ‘A man walking his dog discovered her body the next morning.’
      • ‘The co-ordinator will link the helpers with those in need of small favours such as taking their children to school or walking their dog.’
      • ‘He walks his dog Jenny, an 11-year-old mongrel, past the river every day and saw the Environment Agency experts inspecting the dead fish.’
      • ‘The discovery was made by a man walking his dog shortly before 10 am yesterday.’
      • ‘It turns out that a year's worth of running for the bus, walking the dog or doing a weekly shopping burns more than 100,000 calories.’
      • ‘But now it's a pleasant place, great for walking my dog or sitting on a bench listening to the breeze rustle the overhanging trees.’
      • ‘At about 11 pm on January 24, Mr Shepherd was walking his dog when he passed the youth arguing heatedly with a girl.’
      • ‘Taking a walk for exercise, or to walk a dog for that matter, is thus no longer a pleasurable activity.’
      • ‘‘I will tell you only what I have told the police,’ said an old man who was walking his dog.’
      • ‘They are places to stroll in pleasant weather, walk dogs and ride horses.’
      • ‘Out of sight there is a long, straight waterway along which he walks his dogs most days, and I was knocked off my feet with the list of birds and wildlife he's seen there.’
      • ‘I have enjoyed riding horses and also walking my dogs on Baildon Moor for the past 40 years.’
      • ‘However, a passing man walking his dogs offered to help us.’
      • ‘The court heard Wallington and the victim had spoken on about six occasions over a two week period when she was walking her family's dogs last July.’
      • ‘Kathleen chats, reads stories, and offers support such as walking dogs and gardening.’
      • ‘My family has been walking dogs there for 10 years, on and off, because it is the perfect place for that activity.’
      • ‘ON Sunday, April 4 I was walking my dog George along the canal when she collapsed and couldn't walk.’
    2. 2.2with object Train and look after (a hound puppy).
  • 3informal no object (of a thing) go missing or be stolen.

    ‘customers have to leave a deposit to ensure the beer glasses don't walk’
    • ‘But do you not find pens 'walk' around the office? I can never keep a pen on my desk.’
    • ‘But do you not find pens 'walk' around the office? I can never keep a pen on my desk, whereas one of my colleagues seems to 'breed' them.’
  • 4North American informal no object Abandon or suddenly withdraw from a job or commitment.

    ‘he was in place as the male lead but walked at the eleventh hour’
    • ‘Should I just walk away from the deal?’
    • ‘When we arrived over 100 New Orleans P.D. officers had already walked off the job.’
    • ‘The country was likely to walk away from the deal.’
    1. 4.1 Be released from suspicion or from a charge.
      ‘had any of the others come clean during the trial, he might have walked’
      • ‘$500.00 bail (that means $50.00) and he walked!’
      • ‘Maybe if he hadn't been so foolish by buying books on forensic investigation or in the way he dealt with his car, he might have walked. But he didn't and clearly the jury thought he was guilty.’
  • 5no object (of a batsman) leave the field without waiting to be given out by the umpire.

    • ‘Increasingly, it seems, such restraint, like a batsman walking when he nicks it, has gone the way of the dodo.’
    • ‘Once given LBW by a close friend acting as umpire, Cameron refused to walk until the umpire admitted that he was not really out.’
    • ‘Javed Omar was the first to fall, trapped lbw for 3-and he was walking before the umpire had raised his finger.’
    • ‘The batsman knows he is out, yet, I've never heard of a match referee suspending a batsman for not walking.’
    • ‘There's argument over whether he should try to persuade opposing batsmen to walk when he's convinced they're out.’
  • 6no object Reach first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.

    • ‘Never one to draw many base on balls, Rich is walking at the lowest rate of his career.’
    1. 6.1with object Allow or enable (a batter) to walk.
      • ‘Things got a bit tense when Gagne walked J.T. Snow on four pitches as well to load the bases.’
      • ‘After walking Millar, Gordon yielded to Mo, who had a rockier outing than usual.’
      • ‘Vaughn walked Heinie Groh twice, but he was erased both times with a double play.’
      • ‘Jason Michaels flew out and Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked to load the bases.’
      • ‘A sacrifice bunt moved Reid to second, and then two more Warriors were walked to load the bases.’
      • ‘After walking Stanley, Barber was replaced by Miller who got Don Weft to hit a grounder up the middle.’
      • ‘Chambers walked eight batters and struck out four in a game that took two hours and one minute to play.’
  • 7no object (of a ghost) be visible; appear.

    ‘the ghosts of Bannockburn walked abroad’
    • ‘Would she lead me to some isolated lair in the wilderness that was filled with walking zombies?’
    • ‘Oral Lee Brown proves that there are angels on earth - walking and living among us.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because of who my mother was, or maybe it's because of that ghost I've seen walking.’
    • ‘Sixth Avenue also had its parade of refugees, some of them covered head to foot with white dust, strange walking ghosts among the living.’
    • ‘Again, a fear of ghosts walking may be the best explanation for burials that appear ‘respectful’ in all other ways.’
    • ‘Can you think of a better foundation to a little child's value system than that age-old nemesis of evil - The Man who cannot die and The Ghost who walks.’
  • 8archaic no object Live or behave in a particular way.

    ‘walk humbly with your God’
    • ‘Whether we like him or not, the man was born of flesh and blood, and he lived and he walked among us.’
    • ‘I do believe that our paths will cross again, Maria, and we shall walk humbly with our Savior.’
    • ‘This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.’
    • ‘I was not helped that I had been given an airport taxi driver who was a walking, living embodiment of the Pareto Principle.’
    • ‘I was one with a creation of my own making that I was now living and walking in.’
    • ‘Having decided to remain here, it makes no sense that I walk around and live in total fear of what could happen to me.’
    • ‘You live and walk together, but you may go separate ways - maintaining independence - in your cars.’
    • ‘We walk humbly before God, not claiming divine assurances as our own prerogative.’
    • ‘May your purposes always come to pass and may I always hear your voice so that I can humbly walk in the ways you lay before me.’
    • ‘He was walking around behaving as close to the Scott she actually knew as he ever let outsiders get.’


  • 1An act of travelling or an outing on foot.

    ‘he was too restless to sleep, so he went out for a walk’
    • ‘Boaters who attend will receive a brass plaque and everyone can enjoy organised walks along the old section of the canal, a display by morris men, a brass band and an exhibition.’
    • ‘You may enjoy your walk more if you take your baby along in a baby carrier.’
    • ‘She also said they enjoyed walks in the country and that the doctor bombarded her with text messages at one point.’
    • ‘This is a small price to pay for enjoying an invigorating walk along Addingham Moorside or up Beamsley Beacon.’
    • ‘Although there was a small enough turn out the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.’
    • ‘Seriously, my family have been wonderfully supportive and I hope we'll have time to enjoy a nice walk together.’
    • ‘There are not going to be many nice days now and I should take the opportunity to enjoy the walks.’
    • ‘A fine crowd enjoyed a lovely walk and the event raised substantial sponsorship for the newly launched project.’
    • ‘I suppose that was fair enough and quite honestly I enjoyed the walk.’
    • ‘He enjoys long walks, romantic dinners, and rescuing hostages.’
    • ‘Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, and other local parks are the favourites of many Bangaloreans, where they enjoy brisk walks and jogs.’
    • ‘This group had enjoyed the walk and we shared that weary satisfaction of knowing our bodies had stood up to a good test.’
    • ‘Edward thoroughly enjoyed his walk in the country yesterday.’
    • ‘As well as the flowers, visitors can also enjoy guided walks, evening concerts, plays and themed festivals.’
    • ‘We like to go for long walks, enjoy wonderful meals and do jigsaw puzzles while listening to the radio and looking at the sea.’
    • ‘Ramblers of different levels meet every weekend to enjoy walks around the region including the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.’
    • ‘The emphasis on the day will be to enjoy a walk with family and friends for your heart's sake.’
    • ‘The walk was greatly enjoyed and was a successful fundraiser for the school.’
    • ‘All are welcome to come along and enjoy a walk with good company.’
    • ‘Back in April, my first walk in the foot and mouth outbreak was at Dalby Forest.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, promenade
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    1. 1.1in singular Used to indicate the time that it will take to reach a place on foot or the distance to be travelled.
      ‘the library is within five minutes' walk’
      • ‘A five minute walk across from the International terminal takes us to the circular base of this LA landmark.’
      • ‘After a walk of 20 minutes to the bus stop, Weili and I were overwhelmed by the sheer number of people there.’
      • ‘The property is only a five minute walk from the local primary school.’
      • ‘That walk was only twenty five minutes, although much of it was into the biting East Wind.’
      • ‘After our houses there is a forest that you can go through; it is only a mile walk before you reach the clubhouse.’
      • ‘From there, it was a five minute walk back to the station to catch the train back to York.’
      • ‘Five vehicles almost hit me in the five minute walk from the bakery to work this morning.’
      • ‘A half-hour walk along the rough track on the right of the lochan takes you to the base of the buttress.’
      • ‘This caused a bit of a commotion as the hospital grounds are quite large and it was a five minute walk to reach the main entrance.’
      • ‘The passageway was very long, and it was quite a walk before they would reach their destination.’
      • ‘Leaving my flat, tuna-nourished, I looked over both shoulders as I took the five minute walk.’
      • ‘For some reason, the distance was supposedly a hike, when it was a short walk, maybe five minutes.’
      • ‘A short distance walk on the street will be good enough for the old and the poor.’
      • ‘One's a five minute walk from the Jubilee platform and the other's four, which is pretty poor for such an important transport hub.’
      • ‘Take a five minute walk in any part of the city, and in any direction, and you will see a patrolling uniformed presence.’
      • ‘This seems a little strange since she was staying in The Savoy hotel, a mere five minute walk from the venue.’
      • ‘It is deliberately hard to find, and reportedly involves an eight-mile walk from the nearest road.’
      • ‘What should have been a five minute walk took me half an hour.’
      • ‘If you're feeling fit, there's a two-hour walk down from the clifftop path to the village of Yallingup.’
      • ‘It was only a five or six minute walk to his own address, but for an unknown reason he decided to take the short cut.’
  • 2A route recommended or marked out for recreational walking.

    ‘there are picnic places and waymarked walks’
    • ‘Their farm lies on two of the routes of a series of walks around Dallowgill organised by the Rotary Club of Ripon.’
    • ‘Howth has a number of restaurants as well as golf courses and scenic walks.’
    • ‘The route for this walk will take in the areas of Knockbarran with its wonderful vistas, and scenery.’
    • ‘The idea of a signposted walk for visitors to enjoy sights in and around Bingley was envisaged more than ten years ago by one of the town's historians.’
    • ‘Note that sections of the walk route can be slippery when wet.’
    • ‘One of Sligo's many beautiful walks starts beside Sligo Airport round by its boundary over to the little church at Killaspugbrone.’
    • ‘She then described the route of the walk to a crowd of about 60 and unveiled the map on the signpost.’
    • ‘There are way-marked walks with interpretation panels.’
    • ‘The area includes two recognised Sli Slainte routes and, crucially, most of the walks are off the main road.’
    • ‘He said the route - outlined in a previously published circular walks leaflet - was around eight miles and could start and finish at Greenberfield Locks.’
    • ‘As is traditional the route for the walk was from Strand Village to Monagea community centre.’
    • ‘Dovestone Reservoir is also the start and finish point of a 40 mile walk route known as the Oldham Way.’
    • ‘Every now and then by accident I meet people who do my walks, and out on the bike the other day I bumped into a couple who recommended walks Wetherby way.’
    • ‘At the back are many black and white pictures of bygone times in Holgate and Acomb, as well as maps showing the route of each walk.’
    • ‘For those who prefer gentler exercise there are networks of low level walks to be enjoyed.’
    • ‘Take part in one of the most breathtaking walks in the region on a nine mile stroll across Morecambe Bay.’
    • ‘Here one can enjoy walks such as the Everglade, the Apiary Walk and the Via Davidia, and there is also a large collection of specimen trees.’
    • ‘The day was fine so to become oriented the group was directed to a walk in the reserve.’
    • ‘The visitor centre was shut, but all we needed was the information board recommending a range of walks.’
    • ‘Following a scenic route the walk is well worth the effort to see this beautiful part of the Slieve Blooms.’
    route, beat, round, run, circuit
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    1. 2.1 A path.
      ‘the street lamps illuminated the riverside walk’
      • ‘On Monday the town council planning committee raised no objection to the new parking area but called for a riverside walk to be provided.’
      • ‘Linger by canal sides, roam the riverside walks; explore the undersides of old iron bridges, the shadows thrown by motorway flyovers.’
      • ‘Paramedics were called to the riverside walk following the incident at about 11 pm.’
      • ‘Good places to try include the Museum Gardens, Rowntree Park or the riverside walk near the Millennium Bridge.’
      • ‘Plans for a riverside walk in Tewkesbury have been given a year to make progress or the money will be spent elsewhere.’
      • ‘When they reached the front walk of the Nelson house at the top of the hill, Caitlin turned and faced him.’
      • ‘There were some modifications to the design of the riverside walk.’
      • ‘The riverside walk is a beautiful amenity off the Dunmore Road that requires some remedial work.’
      • ‘Land on the east side is being earmarked for walks and nature trails.’
      • ‘Improvements to the riverside walk and cycle path will also be made.’
      • ‘The Belleek Forest Park with its attractive riverside walks is well on the way to being a major addition to Ballina's tourist attractions as a natural amenity.’
      • ‘The West Country is the part of Britain most visited by walkers and nature lovers, but until now they have had to make do with a patchy network of footpaths and coastal walks.’
      • ‘The new place name signs and the canal walk and nature trail also came in for praise.’
      • ‘I got upstairs to my apartment, glanced out the window at the sidewalk, and the walk was being shovelled.’
      • ‘The remainder of the land will be transformed into an extension for Biss Meadow Country Park and a riverside walk.’
      • ‘They had talked about a riverside walk as a Millennium project and it would be a great boost to the town.’
      • ‘Members of the public are welcome to view the exercise, which can best be seen from the riverside walk.’
      • ‘He has them laid out on the asphalt walk where the pedestrian tunnel goes under the platforms.’
      • ‘New Walk has been further degraded by the removal of wide channels of soil between the tow path and the walk.’
      • ‘But the contractor has started clearing the site so that the riverside walk can be open over the festive period.’
      • ‘In the meantime, Spencer's workmen have been cracking on with their other task of refurbishing the riverside walks.’
      pathway, path, footpath, track, lane, alley, alleyway, walkway, promenade, footway, pavement, trail, trackway, ride, towpath
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    2. 2.2British The round followed by a postman.
      ‘the first job is to sort the mail into routes or walks’
      • ‘Before going on his 'walk', he would sort the mail delivered by horse and cart from Leominster into a pile for each postman and sub-office.’
      • ‘New walks often resulted from a "revision" - a reorganisation of routes following, for example, the building of a significant number of new houses in an area.’
  • 3in singular An unhurried rate of movement on foot.

    ‘they crossed the field at a leisurely walk’
    • ‘She whispered, her body shivering violently as she slowed to a walk as she neared the fountain.’
    • ‘Exhausted, he slowed to a walk, hastily knocking tree limbs out of his way and gasping for air.’
    • ‘He slowed to a walk now, not worrying anymore, and he took a look around at the slight splendor of this.’
    • ‘Merissa slowed into a walk as she neared the older woman, coming to a gasping, wheezing stop in front of her.’
    • ‘Krane slowed to a walk and examined the injured man before picking up the sword and giving chase to the other.’
    • ‘She looked up to the sky and felt her pace slow to a lethargic walk.’
    • ‘She slowed to a walk and slowly approached her friend, seating herself next to Mary.’
    • ‘As I approached some old oak trees, I slowed to a walk, then stopped entirely.’
    • ‘Pete, using a great amount of discretion, slowed down to a walk and let Gil meet Laurie alone.’
    • ‘Alicia continues on at a brisk pace-leaving Johnny behind at a slow walk, cursing himself.’
    • ‘I slowed to a walk when I got into the hall, so as not to wake anyone whose room I passed.’
    • ‘In your head you're running but you're probably doing a slow walk.’
    • ‘We started jogging and got to the top of the street we're on and slowed to a walk.’
    • ‘My running slowed to an unsteady walk until I found a wooden bench to sit on.’
    • ‘A slow walk across the street had us traipsing across the grass surrounding the court house.’
    • ‘He reached the construction site and he stopped his jog, slowing to a casual walk.’
    • ‘She slowed to a walk, and then stopped, turning around to look down the street.’
    • ‘As I ran past one of the gardens I slowed my pace, stumbling into a slow walk.’
    • ‘I lowered my pack to the floor and gave her a weary smile as she slowed down to a walk, staring as she approached.’
    • ‘He slowed to a walk along the outskirts of the wood when something caught his eye.’
    1. 3.1 The slowest gait of an animal.
      ‘she reined her horse to a slow walk’
      • ‘Sarge came charging up the path and when he saw us, slowed to an easy walk.’
      • ‘We lapped the track a few times at a walk, trot and canter and the horse went through it pretty smoothly.’
      • ‘There was a walk and run race, a walk, trot and canter race and an event called musical mats.’
      • ‘Ace quickly slowed to a walk and turned around, picking up the trot again and she clicked a few times.’
      • ‘I could feel the mare tiring and slowed her into a walk; it would get us nowhere if we killed the horses.’
      • ‘In walk, trot and canter, movements such as riding in circles and changing the rein are performed.’
      • ‘The herd had also slowed to a walk, but continued to move away from the bear.’
      • ‘Lucian cantered into a walk and Jared dismounted to let the horse rest and drink from the stream.’
      • ‘The horse is taken through a series of tests, such as the pirouette, piaffe and passage, in a walk, trot and canter.’
      • ‘They cantered, unhindered, to the edge of the forest, where they slowed to a walk.’
      • ‘They rode down to the barn at a slow walk not saying a word to each other.’
      • ‘I love their cries, their shape, their colour, their walk, their flight.’
      • ‘He flicked the reins and Alberta began to move, first at a slow walk, then at a spirited canter.’
      • ‘The sun had been up for just a few hours when Kayin slowed Star to a walk.’
      • ‘We rode to the edge of the clearing to a road, and for nearly an hour went at a slow walk.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Lori slowed to a fast walk, then to a trot, and finally stopped all together.’
    2. 3.2 A person's manner of walking.
      ‘the spring was back in his walk’
      • ‘It definitely had looked like him, and the walk and the manner had seemed all but the same.’
      • ‘He led a totally dysfunctional life and you see it in his famous perp walk.’
      • ‘Billy began to adapt his walk to the beat of the music and his lips formed the words in silence.’
      • ‘However it was her companion who caught his eye, with her slow and cautious manner, and easy walk.’
      • ‘Her walk slows, and I know she's planning on giving him all the coins in her pockets and wallet.’
      • ‘His walk was slow and methodical as he listened to the spattering of the rain.’
      • ‘After several years sufferers may develop a shuffling walk without arm movement.’
      • ‘We settled into a brisk walk as we exited through the front doors and entered the parking lot.’
      • ‘It wasn't like it was incredibly dangerous, but just in case, she slowed to a fast walk.’
      gait, manner of walking, pace, step, stride, tread, carriage, bearing
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  • 4British A part of a forest under one keeper.

    • ‘In the mid 16th century a quarter of the walk was set with old oak and the rest with oak, thorn, maple, birch, hazel, withies, holly, and ash.’
    • ‘Helen hitches a ride to Ashley Walk with New Forest Verderer Anthony Pasmore.’
    • ‘The use of the Forest as an exclusive hunting ground waned during the reign of Charles II and the office of "Keeper of the Walk" became a Grace and Favour appointment.’
    1. 4.1 The place where a gamecock is kept.
  • 5British A farm where a hound puppy is trained.

  • 6An instance of reaching first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.

    • ‘It's still three strikes you're out and four balls for a walk but so much of the fun is gone.’
    • ‘In his career, he issued 70 walks in 160 innings pitched and collected 50 strikeouts.’
    • ‘Still winless since his arrival last month, Galva issued four walks and a wild pitch that proved to be the difference in the game.’
    • ‘Hitters need a good track record of success, with walk rates as a key indicator.’
    • ‘He worked eight innings and gave up five runs on nine hits while recording nine strikeouts and four walks.’
  • 7rare A flock of snipe.

    • ‘A party of hunters could wipe out a walk of snipe in a morning.’
    • ‘They are solitary in habit; who, I wonder, has seen a "walk" of snipes?’


  • walk before one can run

    • Grasp the basic skills before attempting something more difficult.

      • ‘But you have to walk before you can run, and I have had to concentrate on brushing up the forward play.’
      • ‘‘But,’ Doc winced as the glass shattered, ‘You have got to learn how to walk before you can run.’’
      • ‘A point that gets scant attention from Bramble and Lieberman is that one must first learn to walk before one can run.’
      • ‘But I believe that, quite sensibly, the Government of the day has rejected that and instead is taking the approach that first one must walk before one can run.’
  • walking encyclopedia

    • informal A person who has an impressive knowledge of facts or words.

      ‘he was a walking encyclopedia of facts on organized crime’
      • ‘He also said the judge is ‘almost a virtual walking encyclopedia of the law, especially Supreme Court law.’’
      • ‘Henry's a walking encyclopaedia of Manchester City knowledge.’
      • ‘When it comes to nutrition, this man is a walking encyclopedia.’
      • ‘Bitton says the activists do have a role to play in the club - as walking encyclopedias, sources of information for the other side.’
      • ‘It's very useful indeed to have friends who are like walking encyclopedias.’
      • ‘Then you realize that this guy is the walking encyclopedia of his sport.’
      • ‘There are people who are walking encyclopedias, but they make a mess of their lives.’
      • ‘Don't act like you've never heard a swear word before, the lot of you are walking dictionaries.’
      • ‘The man is a walking encyclopedia, with vast knowledge of history, the classics, politics, and anything else one can possibly think of.’
      • ‘He is a walking encyclopedia of names, dates and facts relating to the history of the sport and the Hall of Fame.’
  • walk the boards

  • a walk in the park

    • informal Something that is very easy to accomplish.

      ‘as any director will tell you, doing Shakespeare isn't a walk in the park’
      • ‘Prostate cancer is not a walk in the park.’
      • ‘This period was a walk in the park compared to next.’
      • ‘The music rounds in particular were a walk in the park.’
      • ‘What happened in Georgia recently was a walk in the park by comparison.’
      • ‘This is a walk in the park compared to a couple of years ago.’
      • ‘Being stuck alone with my father isn't a walk in the park.’
      • ‘The audited statements made the financial part of the due diligence process a walk in the park.’
      • ‘For a man this talented, innovation should be a walk in the park.’
      • ‘My life is a walk in the park compared to Ferret's these days.’
      • ‘Go on, it'll be a walk in the park.’
      easy task, easy job, child's play, nothing, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, sinecure
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  • walk it

    • informal Achieve a victory easily.

      ‘they said I'd walk it, so why didn't they vote for me?’
      • ‘I hope he plays like that in the final because if he does he'll walk it.’
      • ‘To be honest, I went there the highest-ranked player, and I felt that I should just walk it.’
      • ‘I'll be honest with you: I thought the 1980s were going to walk it this year.’
      • ‘But it wasn't a view shared by the Times or the Telegraph, where Steyn stuck to his earlier predictions that Republicans would walk it with a 315 electoral vote victory.’
      • ‘Even so, if the Wasps had played anywhere near as good as they had done in their previous match, against Villeneuve, they would have walked it.’
      • ‘And I probably could have walked it if I hadn't consigned all the really depressing stuff to a dusty corner of the web where you can't see it.’
      • ‘With the Old Firm having walked it for years, the longer this Hearts run goes on the better.’
      • ‘The quiz was all about pop music - so you would have expected the Presley mob to have walked it.’
      • ‘Before I'd listened to it again, I thought this'd walk it.’
      • ‘Neither man wins the accolade of being the greatest, although Higgins would walk it if it were down to an unorthodox lifestyle away from the table.’
      sweep, sail, coast
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  • walk Matilda

  • walk someone off their feet

    • Walk with someone until they are exhausted.

      • ‘Dr Graham walked me off my feet round the cathedral and other historic parts of the city.’
      • ‘Aged 70 she holidayed in Oban with son Anthony, walked him off his feet on a 14- mile hike, then completed the trek by doing the splits.’
      • ‘At the time I was about seventy-five years and Leon wasn't too far behind me but he walked me off my feet.’
  • walk of life

    • A person's occupation or position within society.

      ‘the courses attracted people from all walks of life’
      • ‘Some are accountants and professionals who have been involved in other walks of life.’
      • ‘They are anguished arguments and they take place in all classes and walks of life.’
      • ‘In this job you get to know people from many walks of life and professions.’
      • ‘Queensland's hotline for the elderly fields calls from all walks of life and situations.’
      • ‘They come from all walks of life and are directed by professional artists and production staff.’
      • ‘In every walk of life, in every profession for hundreds of years, people have been looking to get an advantage.’
      • ‘This will result in the making of better professionals in every walk of life.’
      • ‘It says the society welcomes people from all walks of life and backgrounds.’
      • ‘That's the way it is in any walk of life, and this arena is no different.’
      • ‘Retained firefighters come from all walks of life and are the lifeblood of the brigade in rural areas.’
      class, status, rank, caste, station, sphere, arena, area, domain, realm
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  • walk of shame

    • informal An instance of walking back home on the day after an unplanned casual sexual encounter, typically dressed in the same clothes as the previous evening.

      ‘if you're at his and have to make the dreaded walk of shame home, steel yourself’
      • ‘Dave's solitary walk of shame was met by mass indifference as he picked his way amongst rush hour traffic.’
      • ‘Then, on my way home, Dave kissed me and I let things go too far, ending up with me leaving for the walk of shame the next morning.’
      • ‘This is like doing the walk of shame.’
      • ‘It was funny watching him do the walk of shame home the next morning.’
      • ‘Following a heavy night on the ale in Chester city centre, two of my housemates were spotted do the 'walk of shame' down Bouverie Street mid-Monday morning.’
      • ‘The rest were pretty much your run-of-the mill one-night stands—you know, stumbling home drunk from a bar, having mediocre drunken sex, and then, of course, the walk of shame in the harsh light of day.’
      • ‘However, if you're moved to make that no-strings-attached booty call, just be sure he's coming to your place so he has to take the walk of shame back home the next morning.’
      • ‘"My first record was about the girl who stays out all night and does the walk of shame the next morning," she says in Interview magazine.’
      • ‘You can't imagine that these pretty young things might wake up in a stranger's bed or find themselves doing the walk of shame, stilettos in hand, at 9 am as joggers stride past on a Sunday morning.’
      • ‘Then comes this morning, and the walk of shame.’
  • walk on air

  • walk on eggshells

    • Be extremely cautious about one's words or actions.

      ‘his air of tetchy perfectionism encouraged those around him to walk on eggshells’
      • ‘I always felt I was walking on eggshells, avoiding what you didn't want to talk about, or didn't dare talk about.’
      • ‘Staff and pupils spent Friday walking on eggshells, and at one point it was touch and go if the school's spring concert's star attractions would arrive on time to be raffled.’
      • ‘So far, most American media outlets seem to be walking on eggshells to avoid tough coverage of the new pope.’
      • ‘"Yeah, but you don't have to walk on eggshells around me.’
      • ‘Thanks for being the voice of reason in this world of walking on eggshells about people's feelings.’
      • ‘Of course, as a guy I'm walking on eggshells simply discussing this.’
      • ‘All his belongings are still in the flat near to our house and I am going to be walking on eggshells now until it is empty."’
      • ‘Still, getting on with ordinary office routine and procedure, we suspect, was akin to walking on eggshells.’
      • ‘We were constantly walking on eggshells because we were worried about upsetting him in case it would cause a situation.’
      • ‘I'm tired of walking on eggshells around people who don't feel the same way as me.’
  • walk the plank

    • 1(in former times) be forced by pirates to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to one's death in the sea.

      • ‘The blacksmith's assistant's dad was that very person, but he walked the plank after refusing to join Barbossa's mutiny, which is why his offspring is so important to the skeletal pirates.’
      • ‘It's to this land, where boys fly, fairies interfere and pirates walk the plank, that Wendy, played by a newcomer, and her two brothers are drawn.’
      • ‘They walked me over to the deeper end of the pool like pirates making their prisoner walk the plank.’
      • ‘After all, piracy could be just a simple matter of theft on the high seas but of course it more usually involved more nasty conduct, like making sailors walk the plank, murder, torture, etc.’
      • ‘A mischievous scene of children playing pirate games wracks nerves as the audience holds its breath, anticipating the body count as the unsuspecting kids walk the plank over the gator-infested water.’
      • ‘At some time near the Algerian coast Barbary pirates boarded the ship and its good officers and men walked the plank.’
      • ‘After the move, said pirates, the Bones family, continue to live their life exactly as if they were still plundering on the high seas: firing cannons, flying the Skull And Crossbones, making captives walk the plank, and so on.’
      • ‘I had to try desperately to prevent my somber expression from matching one of a person walking the plank towards shark-infested waters.’
      • ‘It must of been a terrible view in his eyes to see his cargo being plundered, his men bloodied before walking the plank, and the woman passengers strung over the railings of the pirate's vessel.’
      • ‘I'm always strangely calm before exams - sort of with the dull numbness that comes over the prisoner just before the pirates make him walk the plank.’
      1. 1.1informal Be dismissed from one's job or position.
        ‘the manager should be made to walk the plank for not insisting Bream be re-signed’
        • ‘As part of the eviction process, each week the contestant with the least number of votes is forced to walk the plank for their dramatic final exit from the show.’
        • ‘Investors both big and small have demanded the CEO also walk the plank over its subdued earnings performance and its disastrous investment forays into Asia.’
        • ‘But with the prospect of walking the plank looming large, Marie is hoping to get the support of the county behind her and particularly the support of her own age group.’
        • ‘Why one of the best ministers in the government has to walk the plank is not clear.’
        • ‘There are predictable calls for the senior councillors to ‘do the decent thing’ and walk the plank.’
        • ‘They caused six managers to walk the plank one way or another.’
        • ‘Jabbing his fingertips at the next contestant intended to walk the plank, he scowls and barks contemptuously, ‘You're fired!’’
        • ‘As for EMC, don't worry if you're about to be invited to walk the plank - he can assure you that you will be treated with dignity.’
        • ‘It was for that reason that he had to walk the plank last Wednesday.’
        • ‘The writing may already be on the wall at Esat, where a former chief executive bowed out last month, joining a long line of former Esat bosses who have walked the plank since BT acquired the firm.’
  • walk the streets

    • 1Walk freely in a town or city.

      ‘it was not safe to walk the streets at night’
      • ‘‘Irish people are scared to walk the streets of the capital city at night for fear of either being assaulted themselves or witnessing an attack,’ said Mr Costello.’
      • ‘My trusty spies have been at work again recently, spotting the ‘rich’ and ‘famous’ as they walk the streets of this fine city.’
      • ‘With the passing of our Town Hall those days are now but distant memories and far removed from an era when it is no longer safe to walk the streets of our town in early morning.’
      • ‘Many people are now afraid to walk the streets of their own towns at night, which is an enormous shame.’
      • ‘It is the first duty of any Government to protect the public and it seems increasingly clear that we no longer know who is walking the streets of our towns and villages.’
      • ‘Large numbers of snake charmers once could be seen walking the streets of cities and towns, their cloth-covered baskets hanging from bamboo poles slung across the shoulders.’
      • ‘The very best days were those spent walking the streets of your lovely town of Lismore.’
      • ‘All people of all races, of all faiths can walk the streets of our cities, towns and villages.’
      • ‘Some of the men and women walking the streets of our towns, cities and villages are actually not well.’
      • ‘Time and again, we feel we are there, in the state rooms of senators and princes, or sailing the Mediterranean in a small, swift boat, or walking the streets of the great city itself.’
    • 2Work as a prostitute.

      ‘she walked the streets for a few weeks when she was desperate’
      • ‘I can only take it that this question refers to ‘adult’ prostitutes, the kind we see walking the streets in most towns and cities, or working in saunas and massage parlours.’
      • ‘Beggars, gamblers, drunkards, and prostitutes walked the streets, looking for money which, one way or the other, they would get.’
      • ‘But they have vowed to carry on walking the streets near the town centre because they believe they have no alternative.’
      • ‘Alongside the strip clubs, peep shows, and massage parlors, a large number of prostitutes walked the streets.’
      • ‘He made friends with the prostitutes who walked the streets and even the Narcs, who sold their vials of death on every street corner.’
      • ‘If the police crack down on the prostitutes who walk the streets, and the curb-crawlers who provide them their trade, they will be forced off of the streets.’
      • ‘People who object to prostitutes walking the streets near their homes would be pleased as prostitutes would be allowed to advertise in appropriate media and so ‘work from home’.’
      • ‘As the prostitute walks the streets and alleys, she incorporates herself into the city through her communion with the crowd.’
      • ‘We see 13 and 14-year-olds walking the streets of Manukau selling themselves, because they cannot afford to support themselves.’
      • ‘They say an increasing number of prostitutes are walking the streets bringing violent and drug-related crime with them.’
      working as a prostitute, involved in prostitution, whoring, prostituting oneself, selling oneself, selling one's body, walking the streets, on the streets, practising the oldest profession, working in the sex industry
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  • walk the walk

    • informal Suit one's actions to one's words.

      ‘it's hard to walk one's talk when it comes to keeping the environment clean’
      • ‘As I look back, I feel that I was not really walking my talk.’
      • ‘But in this field of new-media communication, you'd better be able to walk your talk.’
      • ‘My son places a high premium on loyalty to family and friends, and he has been raised to walk his talk.’
      • ‘Why is it important, as we now say, to walk our talk?’
      • ‘The people that truly succeed in the fitness industry walk their talk by promoting and leading healthy lives.’
      • ‘She is a woman who walks her talk which is often reflected in her writing and art.’
      • ‘It's the first time I'm really walking my talk as an environmentalist.’
      • ‘And I concluded it's better to walk your talk than to talk.’
      • ‘If you care what others think of you, want to be happier and make others happier, then walk your talk.’
      • ‘Some really do hold to their word and walk their talk.’
  • walk the wards

    • dated Gain experience as a clinical medical student.

      • ‘We employed two medical students to walk the wards for 28 nights, obtaining independent information about each event requiring a resident doctor or clinical site practitioner between 10 pm and 8am.’
      • ‘I had just finished my preclinical training at Cambridge and had come down to London to walk the wards at Bart's.’
      • ‘What you want is doctors who will walk the wards.’
      • ‘A year's experience in walking the wards was required.’
  • win in a walk

    • Win without effort or competition.

      • ‘A Republican Congressional candidate in Indiana, Chris Chocola, won in a walk, thus sparing us all ‘Re-Count Chocola’ headlines.’
      • ‘The first theory to float up was that fans would be allowed to vote for one driver - an election Junior would win in a walk.’
      • ‘I mean, even if he wins Ohio, if his opponent wins New York and California, which the polls suggest he's going to win in a walk, isn't it game, set, match?’
      • ‘When forced to choose between Lanie and his son, it's no contest: the son wins in a walk and, while it's a drag to lose Lanie, Pete's pretty stoic about the whole thing.’
      • ‘Last week I wrote that Johnson would win in a walk.’
      • ‘If you are wrong, what do you do then, if he doesn't win in a walk, let's say, in November?’
      • ‘‘If it was an open primary Bailey would win in a walk,’ he said.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • walk all over

    • 1Treat in an inconsiderate or exploitative manner.

      ‘don't let the cops walk all over you’
      • ‘For some reason, beyond my comprehension, our Government seems prepared to allow continental operators to walk all over us in this manner and it is quite scandalous.’
      • ‘You've been treating me with such kindness and I've walked all over you as though you were mud.’
      • ‘It showed that the league were weak and let one of their own members ‘walk all over them’ .’
      • ‘If no-one speaks up then she just walks all over guys, which at least means that she treats them equally.’
      • ‘All his life people have used, abused and walked all over him.’
      • ‘Minding one's manners is not synonymous with playing doormat and having people walk all over you.’
      • ‘Guys do not want girls who are too nice to them, or girls they can walk all over and get too easily.’
      take advantage of, impose on, exploit, make use of, use, abuse, misuse, manipulate, take liberties with, trifle with, play with
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      1. 1.1Defeat easily.
        • ‘The National League walked all over them.’
        • ‘The results reflected the change that has come over Indian morale and training since the grim days of 1962, when the Chinese walked all over them.’
        trounce, beat hollow, defeat utterly, rout, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, crush, overwhelm, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees
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  • walk away

    • Casually or irresponsibly withdraw from a situation in which one is involved or for which one is responsible.

      ‘they can walk away from the deal and leave the other person stranded’
      • ‘It is not good enough for these politicians to walk away and ignore the situation.’
      • ‘Some fear the turnaround will fall apart if Davies walks away.’
      • ‘Maybe then fewer men and women would walk away from parenting responsibilities.’
      • ‘And the players would be free to walk away if the club were to default on their wages on Friday.’
      • ‘If one of those unions walks away, there will be winners and there will be losers.’
      • ‘The two men casually walked away when they saw the witness coming towards them.’
      • ‘There is a tendency, at present, for some to simply walk away to avoid becoming involved.’
      • ‘When Jane leaves Archie, what she walks away from isn't men, but literature.’
      • ‘In the morning she walks away to her new life without a backward look.’
      • ‘If somebody's hurling abuse at you, it may be better to just walk away from the situation.’
  • walk away with

    • 1Steal.

      ‘a group of corporate cowboys who walked away with millions of dollars’
    • 2Win.

      ‘teams finishing 4th, 5th, and 6th walked away with gift coupons and certificates’
  • walk something back

    • Retract a statement or reverse an action or decision.

      ‘senior members of the administration tried to walk back her comments’
      • ‘Offered a chance to walk his gaffe back, the poor fellow only digs himself deeper.’
      • ‘A day later he walked his comments back.’
      • ‘I think everybody kind of gets the gist of what she is trying to say, but it is also true that she is walking back several of her statements.’
      • ‘As you know, we're already starting to walk back the emergency measures we took in the crisis.’
      • ‘And then later the military, the joint chiefs, tried to walk back the nuclear option, which is, of course, crazy.’
      • ‘And it does appear that he's walking back his statement, trying not to, perhaps, lose friends and favor in Washington at this time.’
      • ‘Republican leaders have since walked back their support of the measure.’
      • ‘Gingrich has since walked back those comments, insisting he is focused on the economic crisis.’
      • ‘He walked back his comments almost immediately. Who knows where he really stands on the issue?’
      • ‘Representatives of European Union member nations are walking back parts of the 1995 Dayton Agreement that had put an end to the three-and-a-half year war that had torn the country apart.’
  • walk for

    • Model the clothes of (a particular designer or fashion house) at a fashion show.

      ‘she's worked with Rankin, shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs, and walked for Chanel and Vivienne Westwood’
      • ‘Montana has walked for some of the world's most coveted fashion houses.’
      • ‘Two different looks: Cara walks for Jason Wu and sports a preppy guise at DKNY.’
      • ‘His runway career began when he walked for Givenchy in 2012, and he has previously posed for Swedish underwear label Bjorn Borg.’
      • ‘There's at least 6 shows per day at LA Fashion Week and I often see the same models walking for multiple designers.’
      • ‘We've also seen her walking for Saint Laurent and Chanel.’
      • ‘Looking elegant in golden fish-tail gown, she walked for Rocky on the penultimate day of the four-day fashion event.’
      • ‘Crystal Renn is walking for everyone!’
      • ‘The model has a lengthy relationship with the fashion house, having walked for Calvin Klein in 1987.’
      • ‘We had 3 models that walked for the amazing designer Kesia Estwick.’
  • walk in on

    • Come upon (a person or situation) suddenly or unexpectedly.

      ‘he was clearly not expecting her to walk in on him just then’
      • ‘The former Scotland scrum-half was so thoroughly underwhelmed by yesterday's performance that any outsider walking in on his post-mortem could have been forgiven for assuming that Kelso had lost.’
      • ‘I think I'm developing a knack for walking in on situations like this.’
      • ‘She made a call to police, who walked in on Starr as he entered the kitchen of the 90-year-old woman.’
      • ‘Shannon snapped his fingers as if remembering the situation he had unexpectedly walked in on.’
      • ‘I just hope I covered my feelings up well because I felt awkward walking in on that.’
      • ‘The 26-year-old mother was stabbed in February at a travel agency in Toronto, Canada when she reportedly walked in on a robbery/murder in progress.’
      • ‘Now his mind filled with relief he walked in on yet another difficult situation which seemed to surround his life although this was a little more serious than he had expected.’
      • ‘today I left about 45 minutes earlier than I normally would and whilst driving back my mind started to think about what I might walk in on.’
      • ‘Suddenly she walked in on his life and he could think of nothing but her.’
  • walk into

    • Become involved in through ignorance or carelessness.

      ‘I had walked into a situation from which there was no escape’
      • ‘There was no chance you could walk into the Hibs situation at that time and change it overnight.’
      • ‘No-one can walk into a situation and make things world class just like that - it takes time.’
      • ‘They are walking into a favourable demographic situation, and recognize the fact.’
      • ‘At first he has everything under control but then the lovely Erica walks into his life.’
      • ‘He gets a ticket to scout film locations in Fiji, and walks into Rabuka's coup.’
  • walk off with

    • 1Steal.

      ‘someone's walked off with my car keys’
      • ‘I had no problems walking off with it from the ‘secure’ area of the station.’
      • ‘In a situation like the Bahamas, huge multi-nationals with headquarters elsewhere are walking off with our monetary resources, while calling it a gain for us.’
      • ‘Their success in picking the locks of the bank and walking off with the £22 million must have been an ease to them as they contemplated what presents to get for their offspring.’
      • ‘Back at the bar where tales were told and the amber liquid flowed none of the fisherman noticed that two males and a female calmly picked up the 3 black liner bags and walked off with the main fish catch!’
      • ‘The fraudsters then calmly walked off with £40,000 from the pub's safe.’
      • ‘He walked off with £22.40, but staff at the off-licence took CCTV tapes to the police, who later arrested him.’
      • ‘I headed back in the store with Spense and we found out that the woman behind me had picked it up and walked off with it.’
      • ‘Then Fry walks off with Laurie's silver cutlery and returns with a bin liner full of plastic forks and knives which he dumps on the table.’
      • ‘About a month after he arrives, he walks off with all her jewellery and one of her daughters.’
      steal, thieve, make off with, run off with, carry off, help oneself to, rob, pilfer, purloin, pocket, snatch, take, appropriate, abstract
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    • 2Win.

      ‘the group walked off with a silver medal’
      • ‘The host team also walked off with the fourth-place finish after falling to the Kelowna Owls via a golden goal.’
      • ‘While judo captivated Japanese fans at the Sydney Summer Olympics, where Japan's athletes walked off with most medals in the sport, it has been on the decline at home.’
      • ‘With Kent pressing for second place they ignored five lights on the meter until they felt content with their day's work, Waugh walking off with 17 fours and a six off his 234 balls.’
      • ‘Vaughan had received 180 balls and stroked a dozen fours and when the innings was wrapped up Caddick walked off with five for 81.’
      • ‘It would be bad business to let Sanders walk off with $8 million for one slightly above-average season.’
      • ‘Each syndicate member walks off with around £180,000 as their share of the £8.6 million jackpot.’
      • ‘But Laura, 18, walked off with all 20 prizes after being randomly selected to take part in a quiz section of the programme.’
      • ‘Almost a year of dedication paid off for the Iphutheng Primary School team, which walked off with the Carnegie Cup at this year's Story Skirmish.’
      • ‘The winning team walked off with a cash award of Rs.5,000, a rolling trophy and Reva scholarships worth Rs.25,000 each.’
      • ‘During the awards ceremony, Nedson Siame scooped the Best Male Soloist Award while Namakau Sikoti walked off with the Best Female Soloist title.’
      • ‘When these two sides last met at Murrayfield, Ulster walked off with the Celtic Cup and the visitors stole the honours again yesterday despite missing 12 men from their front-line squad through injury and rest.’
      • ‘In the end, Phelps walked off with six golds and two bronzes, hardly a failure.’
      win easily, win hands down, achieve, attain, earn, gain, receive, obtain, acquire, secure, collect, pick up, come away with, net
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  • walk something off

    • Take a walk in order to undo the effects of a heavy meal.

      ‘people wishing to walk off the excesses of the festive season’
      • ‘I'm not going to lie to you: this isn't the world's healthiest recipe. But you can walk it off so indulge!’
      • ‘The next restaurant was a twenty minute walk down the road - I attempted to walk my meal off, but felt somewhat sick upon my arrival after all the moving around.’
      • ‘Still, it was filling, and like last time we left the table feeling stuffed, happy to walk it off.’
      • ‘After all that, walk it off with a stroll through the quaint old Tivoli gardens, one of Europe's original amusement parks.’
      • ‘We went to Covent Garden to try to walk the sickness off.’
      • ‘And don't worry about being too full after a night on the town; there's bound to be a hill on the way home where you can walk it off.’
      • ‘We walked the pizza off across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan and took a quick shufty round before heading back to the hotel.’
  • walk out

    • 1Depart or leave suddenly or angrily.

      ‘he had walked out in a temper’
      ‘he walked out after finding the pressure of the job too much’
      • ‘Mrs. Trunk attended the Harvard graduation ceremonies and walked out on Annan's speech.’
      • ‘It ended without the governor of Minnesota in attendance, because he walked out on the shameful display.’
      • ‘All of a sudden three people walk out of the screening, and this guy is pulling out his hair.’
      • ‘That she gave up and walked out on 15,000 spectators, who had paid £67 a ticket earned her few friends.’
      • ‘Deuba said the rebels had suddenly walked out of peace talks and chose to perpetrate violence of unprecedented scale in the country.’
      • ‘Delegates walked out on the minister last year after he told them they had to cut the annual €60m overtime bill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She looked angrily at Ellimaria and walked out of the dining hall, slamming the oversized doors behind her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that remark, he got to his feet and walked out, practically pushing Ash out of his way as he passed him.’
      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. 1.1Go on strike.
        ‘teachers are ready to walk out in a protest over class sizes’
        • ‘But when casuals were used in Harrow to sort blacked mail, staff walked out and joined the strike.’
        • ‘The company's 600 guards are due to walk out on strike again on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.’
        • ‘If academics vote to strike they could walk out next month or in March.’
        • ‘Lecturers at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire walked out in a one-day strike over pay this week.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Relations with management are so bad that as well as the official strikes, 25 porters walked out unofficially recently.’
        • ‘Up to two million workers walked out in the biggest strike France has seen since the mass public sector strikes of December 1995.’
        • ‘His 80 colleagues walked out in a spontaneous strike.’
        • ‘Then they and other trade unionists walked out for a day.’
        • ‘Workers on the Sterling Heights picket line said they walked out over pension and health-care issues.’
        go on strike, call a strike, strike, withdraw one's labour, stop work, take industrial action
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      2. 1.2Abandon someone or something towards which one has responsibilities.
        ‘he walked out on his wife’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Ghanaians are still stunned that their national coach, Mariano Barreto, walked out on the job to become the Maritimo boss - without telling them.’
        • ‘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’.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The third friend is a policeman, whose wife has just walked out on him.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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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    • 2Go for walks in courtship.

      ‘you were walking out with Tom’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's what the headlines said when the golfer started walking out with the beautiful Spanish model Ines Sastre.’
      • ‘But you aren't walking out with him or anybody else, understand?’
      • ‘Sir Charles Bunbury called on her, and insisted on walking out with her, and became rather particular, but our heroine was inflexible.’
  • walk over

    • 1Treat in an inconsiderate or exploitative manner.

      ‘people always walked over him and didn't treat him with respect’
      • ‘I'm not going to say you're so feeble that you let the tabloid press walk over you.’
      • ‘She has money problems to rival the national debt, more people walking over her than a 'Welcome' mat and the requisite ex-boyfriend from hell.’
      • ‘He let Powell walk over him too much.’
      • ‘To others he is nothing short of a ruthless builder of wealth and prestige with little concern for those whom he walks over to get what he wants.’
      1. 1.1Defeat easily.
        ‘a slippery, trickier competitor could walk over them’
    • 2Horse Racing
      Traverse (a racecourse) without needing to hurry, because one has no opponents or only inferior ones.

      • ‘Our horse just needed to "walk over" the course to collect the purse.’
      • ‘If a horse has no competitor, it can win by just "walking over" to the finish line.’
  • walk up!

    • Used by a showman as an invitation to enter a circus or other show.

      ‘walk up and have a look’
      • ‘Walk up! Walk up! Walk up and see the horse's head where his tail ought to be.’
      • ‘Meet outside The Royal Parks Office on the Inner Circle of Regents Park and walk up to see The Smallest Cinema in the World.’
      • ‘Walk up and see the most surprising performance in the whole fair, by the three brothers, from the Caribbean Islands of which I am a native myself.’


Old English wealcan ‘roll, toss’, also ‘wander’, of Germanic origin. The sense ‘move about’, and specifically ‘go about on foot’, arose in Middle English.