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walkover

[wawk-oh-ver] /ˈwɔkˌoʊ vər/
noun
1.
Racing. a walking or trotting over the course by a contestant who is the only starter.
2.
an unopposed or easy victory.
3.
any task easily done.
4.
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
1830-1840
1830-40; noun use of verb phrase walk over
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Examples from the Web for walkover
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  • "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

walkover

/ˈwɔːkˌəʊvə/
noun
1.
(informal) an easy or unopposed victory
2.
(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)
3.
(also adverb) to win a race by a walkover
4.
(informal) to beat (an opponent) conclusively or easily
5.
(informal) to take advantage of (someone)
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Slang definitions & phrases for walkover

walk

verb

  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

walkout

noun

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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