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walk out (on something)

Fig. to leave a performance (of something by someone). We didn't like the play at all, so we walked out. John was giving a very dull speech, and a few people even walked out on him.
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walk out

(on someone) Fig. to abandon someone; to leave one's spouse. Mr. Franklin walked out on Mrs. Franklin last week. Bob walked out on Jane without saying goodbye.
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walk out (on something)

Fig. to leave a performance (of something by someone). We didn't like the play at all, so we walked out. John was giving a very dull speech, and a few people even walked out on him.
See also: out, walk

walk someone out

to accompany someone out, walking. I'll walk you out. The exit is hard to find. Please let me walk you out so you don't get lost.
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walk out

1. to leave an event before it is finished It was such a bad movie that I felt like walking out in the first fifteen minutes.
2. to refuse to work because of a disagreement with your employer Airline pilots are threatening to walk out next week.
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walk out

1. Go on strike, as in The union threatened to walk out if management would not listen to its demands. [Late 1800s]
2. Leave suddenly, especially as a sign of disapproval. For example, The play was so bad we walked out after the first act. [First half of 1800s]
3. Also, walk out on. Desert, abandon, as in He walked out on his wife and five children. [Late 1800s]
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walk out

v.
1. To abandon or forsake one's family or other personal relationship: After ten years of marriage, she walked out. He walked out on his family and moved to California.
2. To leave suddenly, often as a signal of disapproval: Offended by the testimony, the senator walked out of the hearing.
3. To go on strike: The contract negotiations stalled, so the union walked out.
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References in periodicals archive ?
The Fire Brigades Union called off two 48-hour walk outs planned for this week but it has warned that further stoppages will go ahead if there is no breakthrough to the deadlocked row.
The union held a one-day strike yesterday and its 18,000 members plan walk outs by key staff.