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Definition of walkout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the action of leaving a meeting or organization as an expression of disapproval

walk out

walked out; walking out; walks out

Definition of walk out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to leave suddenly often as an expression of disapproval
2 : to go on strike
walk out on
: to leave in the lurch : abandon, desert

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Examples of walkout in a Sentence

Noun Hundreds of workers staged a walkout to protest conditions in the factory. after four weeks of the walkout, management gave in Verb we simply walked out after waiting half an hour for someone to come and serve us the salesclerks walked out upon learning of the second pay cut in six months
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the group that organized the Amazon climate walkout, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is planning a rally on Saturday, October 17, calling on the company to give employees a day off to vote. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Amazon’s activist employees are sowing the seeds of unionization," 16 Oct. 2020 Proposition 208 is a product of the RedForEd movement, which began in the spring of 2018, culminating in a week-long teacher walkout, closing schools for a week as teachers protested rock-bottom salaries and classroom funding. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Proposition 208 supporters to square off against 'No on 208' campaign in debate," 13 Oct. 2020 On June 1st, scores of Facebook employees, who were working from home due to the pandemic, staged a virtual walkout. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself," 12 Oct. 2020 Square feet: 2,853 in the main level, plus about 2,000 finished in the walkout lower level. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "110-acre Howell Township property comes with timber-frame home, ponds, collector's garage," 10 Oct. 2020 In late March, Amazon employee Chris Smalls organized a walkout at a Staten Island warehouse where workers had tested positive, after asking for transparency on how many had tested positive and that the warehouse be closed for sanitation. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Almost 20,000 Amazon Workers Have Had COVID-19 Since March," 5 Oct. 2020 According to Erica Joy and insiders who spoke to The Verge's Casey Newton, Armstrong eventually relented and tweeted the phrase—but only after some Coinbase engineers organized a walkout. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Coinbase doubles down on anti-politics stance with exit package offer," 30 Sep. 2020 One year after the walkout, current and former workers who spoke with WIRED say Amazon should still be doing more to reduce its impact on the environment. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short," 26 Sep. 2020 Host the grandparents in the two-bedroom walkout lower level. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "The Most Popular Listings of July," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of walkout


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of walkout was in 1840

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30 Oct 2020

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“Walkout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkout. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of walkout

: a strike by workers
: the act of leaving a meeting or organization as a way of showing disapproval


walk·​out | \ ˈwȯk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce walkout (audio) \

Kids Definition of walkout

1 : a labor strike
2 : the act of leaving a meeting or organization to show disapproval


walk·​out | \ ˈwȯk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce walkout (audio) \

Legal Definition of walkout

1 : strike
2 : the action of leaving a meeting or organization as an expression of disapproval

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