walk away from (someone or something)

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walk away from (someone or something)

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 from someone or something

 
1. to depart from someone or something on foot. Don't walk away from me while I am talking to you. I walked away from the concert by myself.
2. to abandon someone or something; to go away and leave someone or something. Todd walked away from the problem. I walked away from him and never saw him again.
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walk away from

1. Survive an accident with little injury, as in They were lucky to walk away from that collision. [Second half of 1900s]
2. Refuse to deal with or become involved, abandon, as in No parent finds it easy to walk away from a child in trouble. [Second half of 1900s]
3. Outdo, outrun, or defeat with little difficulty, as in The Packers are walking away from the other teams in their division. [Slang] Also see walk over.
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walk away from

1. To outdo, outrun, or defeat with little difficulty: walked away from the competition.
2. To survive (an accident) with very little injury.
3. To refuse to accept (an offer, for example).
4. To decline to continue participation in (a job, relationship, or activity, for example), often abruptly or nonchalantly.
5. To abandon (a property) on which one owes a mortgage, as when the principal of the mortgage exceeds the market value of the house.
See also: away, walk
References in classic literature ?
She walked away from the shop quickly, but she slackened her pace when they met, and greeted him with her quiet smile.
The soldiers lifted the canteen lids to their lips with reverential faces, emptied them, rolling the vodka in their mouths, and walked away from the sergeant major with brightened expressions, licking their lips and wiping them on the sleeves of their greatcoats.
The risk is when the business you walked away from does not suffer but actually thrives, which shows that perhaps you have been giving yourself too much credit.
And I've just recently walked away from a long-term relationship that I got nothing out of, and now my ex is with a woman.
He said: "I've walked away from a club once before, many years ago, but I would not quit here because it is a different case.
London, August 9 ( ANI ): Bruce Willis walked away from Expendables 3 because his demand to be paid 2.6 million pounds (4 million dollars) for four days of work was refused, it has been revealed.
The first time I walked away from a big sale was at the end of a calendar year.
Pfizer on Wednesday announced that it has walked away from a research deal with Indian biotech company Biocon.
These nine leases bring the total number that American Airlines' bankrupt parent has walked away from to 33.
A Eugene police sergeant on Tuesday located a missing 14-year-old boy who had been sought since he walked away from his school on Monday morning.
"But I have also never walked away from anything in my life.
Amazingly the occupants walked away from the wreckage and police said there were no reports of anyone being injured.
I walked away from that session with the sense that this feeling of powerlessness, especially when it is spread across many cultures and countries, helps to perpetuate tragedies like this one.
DAVID BECKHAM would have walked away from football if he did not still care passionately about the game and his country, according to leading psychologist Cary Cooper.