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    Walk out on someone!

    Walk out on someone

    Does this expression mean to give someone up or to leave someone?

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    It means to leave them.

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Meaning: Leave somebody angrily
    Example: He WALKED OUT ON his wife last year

    You have a useful section for phrasal verbs, so use it: Walk out on - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Meaning: Leave somebody angrily
    Example: He WALKED OUT ON his wife last year
    There is no suggestion of anger. It simply means to abandon someone (usually a partner).

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    There is no suggestion of anger. It simply means to abandon someone (usually a partner).
    I could not agree more. UsingEnglish seems to have added something more though - that must be a typo

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Thanks indeed.

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    I want to emphasize that 'walk out' doesn't only mean 'leave' as in breaking up a relationship. Sometimes it literally means 'walk out'.

    At the United Nations today, the delegation from country A walked out on the speaker from country B in protest of what she was saying.

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    You can't walk out on the contract, or you could be taken to court.

    walk out on = repudiate

    She walked out on her husband and children.

    walk iut = leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval

    The customer that was not served walked out.

    walk out = leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval

    The electricians have walked out, and will stay out until their demands are met.

    walk out = stop work in order to press demands

    The footman and the cook have been walking out for several months now.

    walk out for = make love to


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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    You can't walk out on the contract, or you could be taken to court.

    walk out on = repudiate

    She walked out on her husband and children.

    walk iut = leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval

    The customer that was not served walked out.

    walk out = leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval

    The electricians have walked out, and will stay out until their demands are met.

    walk out = stop work in order to press demands

    The footman and the cook have been walking out for several months now.

    walk out for = make love to


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    V.
    Thank you for the excellent examples. This is the first time I have seen it used to mean "make love to," however. Is that an idiom in a particular country?

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    Re: Walk out on someone!

    Hi kfredson,

    In my humble opinion there are also a few other expressions that are very close to the key phrase but this is how matters stand at least in my area.

    walk out for = pay court to, make advances to, go about with someone, carry on with someone
    = mingle with, be in touch, be friends with

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    Last edited by vil; 09-Jul-2010 at 17:59.

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