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1. To abandon or leave someone. I can't believe you would even consider walking out on your family when they need you the most!
2. 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. To go on strike. The union workers plan to walk out as soon as the contract expires.
4. To escort or accompany someone as they leave a particular building or place. You're sister's leaving now, so please walk her out.
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.
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.
(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.
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]
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.