walkabout

[wawk-uh-bout]
noun
1.
Chiefly British.
a.
a walking tour.
b.
an informal public stroll taken by members of the royal family or by a political figure for the purpose of greeting and being seen by the public.
2.
Australian.
a.
a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
b.
absence from work.

Origin:
1905–10; noun use of verb phrase walk about

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walkabout (ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt)
 
n
1.  a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
2.  a walking tour
3.  an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
4.  (Austral) go walkabout
 a.  to wander through the bush
 b.  informal to be lost or misplaced
 c.  informal to lose one's concentration

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walkabout
"periodic migration by a westernized Aboriginal into the bush," 1828, Australian Eng.
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Example sentences
Brain went on walkabout whilst performing a routine component change.
It is unusual for letters to go walkabout for that long, of course, but unexplained delays of a day or two are common.
The walkabout at the outset of this study was an effective way of soliciting input from residents.
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