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[wawk-uh-wey] /ˈwɔk əˌweɪ/
an easy victory or conquest.
a patient or inmate who escapes from an institution by walking away when not being supervised or guarded.
Origin of walkaway
1885-90; noun use of verb phrase walk away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Whenever it comes day, we got all the best uh things—though I don't reckon we'll have a walkaway.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
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  1. (also, earlier, walk free) To be released from prison (1970s+)
  2. To be acquitted of or otherwise freed from a criminal indictment: more killers walk because of the incompetence of arresting officers/ Actually, I'm gonna cop a plea. A $15 fine and I'll walk (late 1950s+)
  3. (also, fr 1890s, walk out) To go out on strike: Several more Caterpillar locals have decided to walk (1970s+ Labor unions)
  4. To leave someone, esp a spouse or lover; get lost, take a hike: She said if he didn't straighten out he could walk

Related Terms

french walk, take a walk, win in a walk

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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