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walk out

1. verb To abandon or leave someone. I can't believe you would even consider walking out on your family when they need you the most! My dad walked out when I was just a baby, so I've never met him.
2. verb To leave something abruptly, often because one is displeased or unhappy. That movie was so terrible that I actually walked out before it was over.
3. verb To go on strike. The union workers plan to walk out as soon as the contract expires.
4. verb To temporarily leave a place (by literally walking outside) as part of a protest, typically one's school or place of employment. The students walked out to call for gun reform.
5. verb To escort or accompany someone as they leave a particular building or place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "walk" and "out." Your sister's leaving now, so please walk her out. Make sure you walk out Grandma—she has trouble going down those steps.
6. noun A protest in which people leave a place (by literally walking outside), typically their school or place of employment. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. There were massive walkouts across the country today by students calling for gun reform.
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 (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

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.
See also: out, walk
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It shows the lack of trust and dignity that has led to these unofficial walk-outs.
The 48-hour strike, the second in a series of weekend walk-outs by members of Aslef, was expected to affect more than 100,000 passengers.
During the latter period, in addition to outright violence and coercion, the military governments massively "intervened" in the labor movement (replacing its leadership with new officials appointed by the Ministry of Labor), banned strikes almost entirely, and suppressed news reports of the few walk-outs (mostly illegal) which did take place.
But the budget carrier said it will only announce what flights it may be forced to bin on Monday before the walk-outs on Wednesday.
David Horne, managing director for Virgin Trains on the East Coast Main Line, said: "We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that our timetable will be unaffected during these walk-outs, as well as during any subsequent strikes by the RMT.
Because lawyers are not allowed to strike, they are calling the walk-outs, taking place nationally, a "training day".
The walk-outs will be the 12th round of industrial action since Easter.
In contrast, Britain's car industry in the 1960s and 1970s was plagued by strikes and walk-outs. This documentary explains how Germany's manufacturers exploited the new materialism of the 1980s, even seducing the Brits.
00s 2002 A week of strike chaos on the railways started today as workers began a series of walk-outs. Conductors on Arriva Trains Northern refused to cross picket lines this morning.
CLASSROOM walk-outs look inevitable this autumn after the two main teaching unions voted to step up industrial action.
The results come as meanwhile BA is embroiled in a bitter labour dispute with 13,000 cabin crew personnel, who on Thursday won a legal battle to enable them to start a series of walk-outs on Monday.
Conciliation service Acas said it was making the move because of the escalation of the dispute, which will see a wave of five-day walk-outs in a bitter row over jobs, pay and staffing levels.
The CommunicationWorkers Union (CWU) served notice of further walk-outs next Friday, November 6, and Monday November 9.
The union said Royal Mail had improved its 2.5 per cent pay offer which had been rejected by postal workers and led to a series of national walk-outs.
There have been two nationwide walk-outs in recent weeks following talks which failed to break the deadlocked row.