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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.
See also: out, walk

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.
See also: out, walk

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]
See also: out, walk

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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More than 70% of 80 respondents to a ballot of 128 workers at the town's depot said they supported further action following a two-hour walk-out last month.
There have already been 12 walk-outs in the long-running dispute, but this is the first-time fire-fighters will have gone on strike for a full 24 hours.
Because lawyers are not allowed to strike, they are calling the walk-outs, taking place nationally, a "training day".
The Unite union, which represents 35 of the 44 shopfloor staff at the firm are staging the first of two 24-hour walk-outs today and another is planned for Friday evening, when staff are due to work a night shift.
Members of Unite voted last Thursday to stage a series of walk-outs in a dispute over pay.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) at 14 mainline stations between London Euston and Glasgow will launch a series of walk-outs in January, which the union claimed would cause disruption.
The Communication Workers Union served notice of further walk-outs starting next Thursday as thousands of postal workers manned picket lines in the first of two 24-hour walk-outs yesterday.
The Communication Workers Union will today unveil a fresh programme of industrial action following two nationwide walk-outs. The union's executive said it had decided to escalate the level of strike action following the lack of progress during recent talks with the Royal Mail.
As well as an overtime ban, working to rule and refusing to cover any sporting events, paramedics and technicians will stage three two-hour walk-outs from 7am on February 9, 16 and 23.
Alan Milne, regional officer for the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union said further strike action by the 150 workers could follow walk-outs in April and May if the company continues to refuse to talk.
Three Midland colleges will be among 20 across the country staging walk-outs with lecturers and students from the region also taking part in a lobby outside the Houses of Parliament.
There are reports that managers were spying on staff who joined the unofficial walk-outs.
THE firefighters' dispute is set to escalate after the biggest rail union threatened simultaneous walk-outs.
NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh questioned whether staff would be ready to tackle a Paris-style terror attack if walk-outs went ahead.
Fire services in the region will be implementing plans to deal with the walk-outs.