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 Last year, Amazon fired warehouse worker Christian Smalls, who led a walkout at a New York warehouse, hoping to get the company to better protect workers against the coronavirus. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "Amazon faces biggest union push in its history," 12 Feb. 2021 In 2019 Google ended mandatory arbitration after a 2018 walkout by employees demanding it be abolished. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tesla called her a criminal. Her fight could be a milestone for employees’ rights," 8 Dec. 2020 The walkout threatened to hamper train service throughout the Midwest. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, "How the History of Waterloo, Iowa, Explains How Meatpacking Plants Became Hotbeds of COVID-19," 21 Dec. 2020 That respect deepened when the Milwaukee Bucks staged a walkout before a playoff game against the Orlando Magic in late August after a Wisconsin police officer shot Black man Jacob Blake. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "NBA moms volunteering as poll officials on Election Day," 31 Oct. 2020 But the teachers union is taking another step toward a walkout. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Biden’s climate platform faces challenges from Illinois coal-fire plant, Downstate congressmen | Cupich balks at Catholic Bishops president criticizing Biden | CTU vs. Lightfoot as strike threat looms," 21 Jan. 2021 In July, an employee of a Santa Monica Burger King died after working for a week while sick with a cough and other COVID-19 symptoms, according to a complaint, sparking a walkout. Lance Williams, Los Angeles Times, "Diaper masks, close quarters: Fast-food restaurants have struggled to protect workers from COVID-19," 15 Jan. 2021 Having unionized with WGA East, employees from Gimlet Media, Parcast, and The Ringer are laboring to push Spotify management into a new contract with them, even staging a two-hour virtual walkout event in December as part of the campaign. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "2021 in Podcasting: Now What?," 12 Jan. 2021 The walkout lower level is very thoroughly finished. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.4M Bloomfield Twp. home in exclusive Turtle Pond offers fountain views, walking trails," 2 Jan. 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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21 Feb 2021

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“Walkout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkout. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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