walk out

[walk out] {v.} 1. To go on strike.

When the company would notgive them higher pay, the workers walked out.

2. To leave suddenly;especially to desert.

He didn't say he wasn't coming back; he justwalked out.

- Often used informally with "on".

The man walked outon his wife and children.

Compare: LEAVE FLAT, LEAVE IN THE LURCH.