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[wawk-oh-ver] /ˈwɔkˌoʊ vər/
Racing. a walking or trotting over the course by a contestant who is the only starter.
an unopposed or easy victory.
any task easily done.
Gymnastics. a vertical rotation of the body from a standing position, performed by leaning forward to a brief handstand and bringing the legs over and back down to the floor one at a time (front walkover) or by arching backward to a similar handstand and returning the feet to the floor (back walkover)
Origin of walkover
1830-40; noun use of verb phrase walk over Unabridged
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Examples from the web for walkover
  • But the race was anything but a walkover for the reigning world champion and leader of the series.
  • But it didn't end the regular season, and the final opponent before the postseason is far from a walkover.
  • Common walkover structures are preferred for subdivisions to minimize damage to dunes by the proliferation of walkovers.
  • The principles of reconnaissance survey are applied to windshield and walkover survey.
  • Others have crossed that same portion of the lawn area to walkover to an adjoining lot where a stairway led directly to the water.
British Dictionary definitions for walkover


(informal) an easy or unopposed victory
(horse racing)
  1. the running or walking over the course by the only contestant entered in a race at the time of starting
  2. a race won in this way
verb (intransitive, mainly preposition)
(also adverb) to win a race by a walkover
(informal) to beat (an opponent) conclusively or easily
(informal) to take advantage of (someone)
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Slang definitions & phrases for walkover


  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



A strike: There's a walkout at the supermarkets right now (late 1880s+ Labor union)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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