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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.
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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.
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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]
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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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The walkout was one of several factors--including the new gerrymandered districts, a national tea party wave and a backlash to higher state property taxes--that led to widespread Democratic losses in Indiana, says Downs of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Now, an increasingly vocal group of Google employees who helped organize and facilitate the walkouts say the company is retaliating against them.
The walkout had little practical effect, which left many teachers frustrated with both lawmakers and their own leadership.
When Federal Minister for Water, Faisal Vawda, stood to respond to the criticism of PML-N, the opposition members staged a walkout. Vawda expressed his resentment on the opposition benches for leaving the House without listening to the government's version.
Angkor Beer's defence lawyer Cheav Tola said that although the walkout began before Mao arrived at work, he was seen holding loudspeakers later during the strike.
Not a problem for me,' Dr Mahathir said in response to the walkout.
'We are staging the walkout from the proceedings over the remarks of the prime minister,' said PPP MNA Aijaz Jhakrani.
Regarding the Rocklin High School pro-life walkout, the Sacramento Bee reported April 11 that both Julianne Benzel and Brandon Gillespie said participants were not treated the same as those involved in the gun-control walkout, "who were given tents to shelter them from the rain and a public address system.
"Unlike the previous walkouts, these are for the Constitution and for the 2nd Amendment," Riley said.
Viator in Arlington Heights, for example, followed direction from the Archdiocese of Chicago that students should be given unexcused absences for participating in Friday's 25-minute walkout. Still, the school estimated 125 students emerged from the building at 10 a.m.
Downing was one of six students at her high school who organized a walkout - and now they face punishment for their actions, she said.
ISLAMABAD -- The Senate on Thursday witnessed the first walkout against newly elected Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani when he rejected an adjournment motion seeking to discuss a controversial letter of the Cabinet Division over rollback of the 18th Constitution Amendment.
ISLAMABAD -- The Speaker National Assembly suspended the proceedings and staged a walkout from the House on Tuesday over absence of representatives from Ministry of Interior who had to respond agenda items, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.
ISLAMABAD:In an unprecedented move, Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq staged a walkout on Tuesday.Annoyed by the absence of Interior Ministry officials, Sadiq said he could not tolerate disrespect of the Parliament.
ISLAMABAD:In a rare happening, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Parliament House.Angry over the absence of Interior Ministry's officials, the speaker said that he cannot tolerate disrespect of the House.