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walk away from

1. To abandon someone or something; to leave some person or thing without meeting or incurring any obligations. Luckily we were able to walk away from the deal before any money had changed hands. You can't just walk away from your family like that, Steven—you have responsibilities to us!
2. To come through the other side of an event or situation without suffering any harm or repercussions. How on earth did he walk away from a train crash of that scale with just a few scrapes and bruises? This is the fourth time he's walked away from a company he helped drive into the ground without losing so much as a penny of his own money.
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walk away

v.
1. To leave by or as if by walking: When she saw me, she quickly walked away.
2. To emerge from a dangerous situation without serious injury or penalty: You were lucky to walk away from such a bad car accident. The students could have been expelled for such an offense, but somehow they walked away with only a warning.
3. To leave freely and without obligation: The two sides walked away from the deal when they failed to reach a compromise. With no evidence to hold them on, the officers let the suspects walk away.
4. walk away with To win some prize or award easily or unexpectedly: The film walked away with ten awards.
5. walk away with To steal something: The robbers walked away with $1 million in jewels.
See also: away, walk
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November 20: Dale Evans threatens to walk away from the takeover consortium.
I recently taught her the "Walk Away" behavior, and then did an experiment, setting up parallel high-value challenges and cueing "Leave It" one time, and "Walk Away" another.
"As long as we are in a position of convening serious talks that are making progress," Earnest said the United States "would not arbitrarily or abruptly end them." But if we are in a situation where we sense that the talks have stalled then yes, the United States and the international community is prepared to walk away, Earnest added.
"There is no way I'm going to walk away. I just want to be involved with the football club and see the team get promotion to the SPL again."
Almost half or 47% said they would walk away from mortgages, while 53% said they would not walk away.
STEWART DOWNING became the fourth Liverpool player to walk away with the Alan Hardaker Trophy at Wembley last Sunday.
American Airlines is reportedly currently utilising bankruptcy rules which allow companies to either walk away from burdensome leases or to renegotiate terms of the leases in order to save money.
Summary: DUBAI - The first week of the Centrepoint Millionaire raffle draw saw Mr Yi Chen walk away with the coveted prize of Dh100,000.
You do not bring in players of the calibre of Seyi Olofinjana, Jason Koumas and sit down in your garden with Craig Bellamy and sell him the club only to walk away from it.
On June 23, Fannie Mae announced borrowers who walk away from their homes but who had the capacity to pay or who did not complete a workout in good faith will be ineligible for a new Fannie-backed mortgage for seven years from the date of foreclosure.
But boy, do I think it would be a mistake to walk away. We've walked away from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the past with all the consequences we're well aware of," Clinton added.
Credit union mortgage servicers face an expanded and more important role under a new Fannie Mae policy designed to crack down on borrowers who walk away from their mortgage commitments.
But, it seems to be running fine, you decide, as you walk away.
These days, many homeowners are contending with more mortgage than the home is worth, joblessness, and other financial challenges and deciding to simply walk away from a dream home turned nightmare.
"The easy option is to walk away, the hard option is to stick it out and that is what I have always done.