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

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 Meanwhile, the walkout will continue into its eighth week, its duration exceeding the 49-day strike that the same union, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, held against Saint Vincent’s in 2000. BostonGlobe.com, "As nurses’ strike heads toward its eighth week, is there an end in sight?," 23 Apr. 2021 And to call attention to allegations widespread discrimination, some 350 out of 2,400 workers staged a virtual walkout last Friday. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "So many Americans still struggle to win the vote," 19 Aug. 2020 And with salaries dropping, there are already whispers about a possible walkout or strike when the current contract expires Dec. 1. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Drop in payroll adds fuel to baseball labor talks," 20 Apr. 2021 Save Our Schools Arizona created the Red for Ed movement, which in 2018 prompted a teacher walkout over complaints of inadequate school funding. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Supreme Court poised to hear challenge to Proposition 208, the education tax on high earners," 16 Apr. 2021 The governor issued her executive order on climate change in April 2020, a week after a Republican walkout in the Legislature killed Democrats’ carbon cap and trade proposal. oregonlive, "A proposed power plant near Hermiston may be canceled, but controversy remains," 16 Apr. 2021 This month, a year after Bailey staged the walkout, Amazon settled. NBC News, "Fired, interrogated, disciplined: Amazon warehouse organizers allege year of retaliation," 30 Mar. 2021 After workers expressed concerns about the lack of social distancing inside the company’s warehouses and staged a walkout, unions successfully sued and Amazon was banned from shipping nonessential products. Washington Post, "Amazon is fighting a union drive in Alabama. In Europe, its workers are already unionized.," 25 Mar. 2021 Yangon residents have begun taking their household trash to neighborhood garbage bins themselves after home pickup was halted by the trash collectors’ walkout. New York Times, "‘We Can Bring Down the Regime’: Myanmar’s Protesting Workers Are Unbowed," 15 Feb. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Walkout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkout. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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