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 Still, even excluding the impact of the walkout, the sector has become increasingly fragile amid slowing global growth, a strong dollar and an ongoing trade war with China. Reade Pickert / Bloomberg, Time, "U.S. Hiring Was Unexpectedly Resilient in October as 128,000 Jobs Added Despite GM Strike," 1 Nov. 2019 The stakes are getting higher with each day of the walkout. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "CPS strike over, classes to resume Friday as Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union reach deal on makeup days," 31 Oct. 2019 The union's delegates voted unanimously in favor of the walkout, according to CBS Chicago. CBS News, "Chicago teachers to strike in country's third largest district," 16 Oct. 2019 The Tenet walkout is one of several strikes and organizing efforts nationwide as unions work to rebuild from a steep membership decline that began 50 years ago. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Nurses strike at Tenet hospitals in South Florida, California and Arizona," 21 Sep. 2019 The walkout, which grounded almost 1,700 flights due to carry at least 280,000 people, was the first ever pilot strike at BA. The Economist, "What lies behind the strike that has grounded British Airways," 12 Sep. 2019 Industry analysts said the walkout could cost the company tens of millions of dollars a day. New York Times, "For G.M. Workers, U.A.W. Strike Is Chance for Overdue Reward," 16 Sep. 2019 Google employees hold up signs at Harry Bridges Plaza during a walkout Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in San Francisco. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before," 26 Aug. 2019 Democrats dropped proposals on gun control and vaccines, and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown ordered state police to bring the missing lawmakers back during the second walkout. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of walkout was in 1840

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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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