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dead man walking

1. A (male) prisoner on death row who is walking to the place of execution. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. It's been my duty to accompany each dead man walking as he takes his last steps in this world.
2. By extension, any man who is in great trouble or difficulty and is certain to face punishment, especially the loss of a job. John really screwed up that business deal; I'd say he's a dead man walking at this point. I lost all of our savings in the casino last night—I'm a dead man walking.
3. Any man who is near death or certain to die. They just discovered that I've got cancer, and it's already spread to my lymph nodes—I'm a dead man walking. Don't worry about him, he's a dead man walking; we'll make sure that stool pigeon never talks.
See also: dead, man, walking

get (one's) walking papers

To be dismissed from employment or to be ordered to leave or move on from a place. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my walking papers. When Bill came home drunk for the fourth night in a row, he finally got his walking papers from his wife.
See also: get, paper, walking

perp walk

1. noun The forced walking of an arrested suspect or alleged criminal through a public space so as to allow him or her to be photographed or recorded on video. ("Perp" being short for perpetrator.) The photographers crowded the courtroom steps, eager to get a shot of the billionaire con artist as he began his perp walk.
2. verb (sometimes hyphenated) To force an arrested suspect to perform such a public walk. Police officers perp walked the actor through the crowd after he was arrested for allegedly beating up a reporter.
See also: perp, walk

walk down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time walking down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We walked down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, walk

walk a mile in (someone's) shoes

To spend time trying to consider or understand another person's perspectives, experiences, or motivations before making a judgment about them. I know that certain people can come across as selfish or mean-spirited, but you should try walking a mile in their shoes before you dismiss them too quickly.
See also: mile, shoe, walk

walk away scot-free

To escape from some predicament, accusation, or wrongdoing without incurring any penalty or punishment; to be acquitted of all charges for some crime or crimes. It sickens me that all these bankers who ruined our economy get to walk away scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ended up walking away scot-free.
See also: away, walk

walk on the wild side

1. noun A risky, raucous, adventurous, or licentious act, instance, or period of time. I liked to take a walk on the wild side while I was in college, but now that I'm a bit older, I tend to be a bit more conservative in the things I do for fun. Jim, we've had such a quiet, sheltered life together. I want at least one walk on the wild side before we get too old!
2. verb To engage in risky, raucous, adventurous, or licentious behavior. If you're looking for a wild time on your vacation, you should travel with Samantha—she's always ready to walk on the wild side!
See also: on, side, walk, wild

walk the talk

To back up one's boastful talk with meaningful actions. (A compressed version of the largely American, "If you're going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk," or, "You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?" and other such iterations.) Primarily heard in UK. This consultant has sold us on some pretty radical ideas, but it remains to be seen whether he can walk the talk.
See also: talk, walk

a walking disaster

Someone who seems to constantly be in or cause great amounts of trouble, difficulty, or mayhem; someone who epitomizes disaster or calamity in his or her actions or behavior. I heard that John got fired from another job because he kept on messing up his boss's instructions. What a walking disaster! First, I lock myself out of the house, then my grocery bag breaks in the parking lot, and now I stepped on my glasses—I'm just a walking disaster today!
See also: disaster, walking

give (one) (one's) walking papers

To dismiss someone from a job or task. I can't believe the boss gave me my walking papers after five years on the job! The new secretary hasn't taken one accurate message for me all week—I think it's time to give her her walking papers. Ben offered to help me clean out the garage, but he's been late every day, so I had to give him his walking papers.
See also: give, paper, walking

*one's walking papers

Fig. a notice that one is fired from one's job. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) Well, I'm through. I got my walking papers today. They are closing down my department. I guess I'll get my walking papers soon.
See also: paper, walking

within walking distance

close enough to walk to. is the train station within walking distance? My office is within walking distance from here.
See also: distance, walking, within

be floating/walking on air

to be very happy and excited because something very pleasant has happened to you When the doctor told me I was going to have a baby, I was walking on air.
See also: air, floating, on

be walking/treading on eggshells

if you are walking on eggshells, you are trying very hard not to upset someone
Usage notes: An eggshell is the hard outside covering of an egg which breaks very easily.
It was like walking on eggshells with my father. The smallest thing would make him angry.
See also: eggshell, on, walking

give somebody their walking papers

  (American)
to tell someone they must leave their job The manager gave his old secretary her walking papers and hired his daughter to do the job. (American)
See be floating on air, be walking on eggshells, be on thin ice
See also: give, paper, walking

walking encyclopedia

A very knowledgeable person, as in Ask Rob-he's a walking encyclopedia of military history. A similar expression, a walking dictionary, was used by George Chapman in his poem "Tears of Peace" (c. 1600).
See also: walking

walking papers

A dismissal, as in They're downsizing, and I got my walking papers last week. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1835, refers to a written notice of dismissal.
See also: paper, walking

walking dandruff

and galloping dandruff
n. lice. (see also pants rabbits.) The bum called his lice “walking dandruff.” I don’t know anybody with galloping dandruff—I hope.
See also: dandruff, walking

walking on rocky socks

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He looks like he’s walking on rocky socks.
See also: on, rocky, sock, walking

walking papers

n. a notice of being fired, released, divorced, etc. I hope I don’t get my walking papers today. I need this job.
See also: paper, walking

walking wounded

1. n. soldiers who are injured but still able to walk. (Standard English.) Many of the walking wounded helped with the more seriously injured cases.
2. n. a person who is injured—mentally or physically—and still able to go about daily life. The outpatient clinic was filled with the walking wounded.
3. n. stupid people in general. Most of network programming seems to be aimed at the walking wounded of our society.
See also: walking, wound

walking on eggs

Being especially careful. Even more than tiptoeing, the image of walking so gingerly that you wouldn't crack eggs is especially apt, for example, in broaching a sensitive subject, as in “When I brought up the subject of her ex-marriage, I felt as though I was walking on eggs.”
See also: egg, on, walking
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We criss-crossed the centre of Paris on foot, walking along the Left Bank of the Seine, across the Pont Neuf and through the leafy boulevards and wide avenues of the Right Bank and the Champs Elysees.
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In addition, walking in various movement qualities can be correlated with the timbre of bar instruments, such as the wooden bars of the xylophone, which have a brittle, sharp sound; metal bars of the metallophone that ring with a sustained sound; and the glockenspiel with its steel bars that produce a bell-like sound.
Holding my hand as we walked, walking on a beach or trail, talking eye to eye, in fact, my merely being four feet tall all of the time seemed to weigh on him.
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Week one: Begin with a fiveminute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for 20 minutes.
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