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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]
See also: out, walk

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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There have been several high-profile walkouts over the last three decades.
"The Walkout was a turning point: a moment where Googlers called on the company to do right by its people," the list of demands read.
And so the 18-year-old senior at Carlsbad High School in New Mexico set out to organise another walkout -- in support of gun rights and the 2nd Amendment.
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.
Downing was one of six students at her high school who organized a walkout - and now they face punishment for their actions, she said.
German airline Lufthansa said it would probably have to cancel most of its short-haul flights on Friday afternoon and evening after cabin crew union UFO announced a walkout on flights from Frankfurt and D[R][degrees]sseldorf starting from 1300 GMT.
The next phase of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union takes place today after firefighters staged a five-hour walkout on Friday.
The next phase of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union takes place today and tomorrow after firefighters staged a five-hour walkout yesterday.
The resolution declares the NUT's walkout last month was a success, and calls on the union to continue its Stand Up For Education campaign.
The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term.
For walkouts, there are heavy financial consequences to the team in terms of fines imposed by the Commissioner's office.
MERSEYSIDE academics staged a two-hour walkout in a row over pay.
But it will now be escalated to a week-long series of walkouts across various parts of the department in a fortnight's time.
A 24-hour strike in the Home Office and UK Border Agency planned for tomorrow was postponed after a legal challenge, but will now be escalated to a week-long series of walkouts across various parts of the department in a fortnight's time.
The GdF union urged control tower staff Tuesday to join walkouts, which would have brought the airport to a complete standstill.