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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for walkover
Historical Examples
  • "If we stay here much longer Herb is going to have a walkover about winning the silver cup," George remarked, half complainingly.

  • For his victory had not been altogether the walkover he had airily described to Craven.

  • He had seen the freshman fight, however, and he realized that he would not have a walkover.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • It was a “walkover” soon after the first few innings had demonstrated the superiority of Yale.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • It soon became apparent that the teams were very evenly matched, and that neither would have a walkover.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • I supposed that Blaine had a walkover, that he was certain to carry New York.

  • As to the fight itself, it was in many ways, no doubt, a walkover.

  • Some think one fellow is going to have a walkover, and others hold different opinions.

    Great Hike Alan Douglas
  • Don't you believe for one minute we're going to have a walkover.

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • Oh, Miss Van Deusen will have a walkover when her turn for election comes again.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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