Definition of walk out in English:

walk out

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With that remark, he got to his feet and walked out, practically pushing Ash out of his way as he passed him.’
    • ‘Mrs. Trunk attended the Harvard graduation ceremonies and walked out on Annan's speech.’
    • ‘Deuba said the rebels had suddenly walked out of peace talks and chose to perpetrate violence of unprecedented scale in the country.’
    • ‘She looked angrily at Ellimaria and walked out of the dining hall, slamming the oversized doors behind her.’
    • ‘It ended without the governor of Minnesota in attendance, because he walked out on the shameful display.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 Go on strike.
      ‘teachers are ready to walk out in a protest over class sizes’
      • ‘Workers on the Sterling Heights picket line said they walked out over pension and health-care issues.’
      • ‘Up to two million workers walked out in the biggest strike France has seen since the mass public sector strikes of December 1995.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His 80 colleagues walked out in a spontaneous strike.’
      • ‘Then they and other trade unionists walked out for a day.’
      • ‘The company's 600 guards are due to walk out on strike again on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      go on strike, call a strike, strike, withdraw one's labour, stop work, take industrial action
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    2. 1.2 Abandon 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After having two more children, Mary walked out on her husband in 1981.’
      • ‘The third friend is a policeman, whose wife has just walked out on him.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘When Yates walked out on him after 18 years, he was devastated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ghanaians are still stunned that their national coach, Mariano Barreto, walked out on the job to become the Maritimo boss - without telling them.’
      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’
    • ‘That's what the headlines said when the golfer started walking out with the beautiful Spanish model Ines Sastre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’