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 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 Stand with our Senators is also likely to see a major inflow of cash from a GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $43,000 during the walkout. oregonlive.com, "Here’s who put $120,000 behind Oregon’s climate walkout and protests," 20 July 2019 One day during the walkout was devoted to a march on the local headquarters of the California Charter Schools Assn. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "L.A. charter schools’ plans: Take back mayor’s office, sue district, battle teachers union," 2 July 2019 Fifty-five factories and parts warehouses are at a standstill after the walkout by about 48,000 UAW members. CBS News, "UAW strike could cost GM up to $100 million per day," 17 Sep. 2019 The walkout by the UAW comes at a challenging time for both GM and the union. NBC News, "How the GM strike could affect your next car purchase," 16 Sep. 2019 With the two sides far apart, U.A.W. regional leaders in Detroit voted unanimously on Sunday morning to authorize the strike, the union’s first such walkout since 2007. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. Strike: 50,000 Union Workers Walk Out Over Wages and Idled Plants," 16 Sep. 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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2 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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