walk it off

walk it off

To attempt to alleviate an injury, typically a leg or foot injury, by walking until the pain dissipates. Typically used as an imperative, sometimes one intended to be humorous. I'm sure it's only a bruise. Just walk it off. There's only a little bit of blood. Walk it off! I tried walking it off, but I really think I broke something in my foot.
See also: off, walk

walk off

1. To depart very quickly or suddenly, especially in a brusque, angry manner. He walked off in a huff when Jennifer implied that his father was a failure.
2. To alleviate or ameliorate the negative effects of injury or condition by walking around. In this usage, a noun can be used between "walk" and "off." Feeling dazed from the collision, Jack stood up and tried walking it off. You can't just walk off a gunshot wound, Dan—we need to get you to a hospital right away!
3. To lose weight or burn calories through extensive and vigorous walking. In this usage, a noun can be used between "walk" and "off." I've set a goal for myself to walk off at least 20 pounds by this summer. No thanks, I think I'll go on foot—I'd like to walk that meal off.
See also: off, walk