To walk the plank
Walk Walk, v. t. 1. To pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to perambulate; as, to walk the streets. [1913 Webster]

As we walk our earthly round. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to walk; to lead, drive, or ride with a slow pace; as, to walk one's horses; to walk the dog. `` I will rather trust . . . a thief to walk my ambling gelding.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. [AS. wealcan to roll. See {Walk} to move on foot.] To subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to full. [Obs. or Scot.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Sporting) To put or keep (a puppy) in a walk; to train (puppies) in a walk. [Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. To move in a manner likened to walking. [Colloq.]

She walked a spinning wheel into the house, making it use first one and then the other of its own spindling legs to achieve progression rather than lifting it by main force. --C. E. Craddock.

{To walk one's chalks}, to make off; take French leave.

{To walk the plank}, to walk off the plank into the water and be drowned; -- an expression derived from the practice of pirates who extended a plank from the side of a ship, and compelled those whom they would drown to walk off into the water; figuratively, to vacate an office by compulsion. --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • walk the plank — {v. phr.} 1. To walk off a board extended over the side of a ship and be drowned. * /The pirates captured the ship and forced the crew to walk the plank./ 2. {informal} To resign from a job because someone makes you do it. * /When a new owner… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • walk the plank — {v. phr.} 1. To walk off a board extended over the side of a ship and be drowned. * /The pirates captured the ship and forced the crew to walk the plank./ 2. {informal} To resign from a job because someone makes you do it. * /When a new owner… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • walk the plank — phrasal 1. : to be compelled especially by pirates to walk along a plank sticking out over the side of a ship until one falls into the sea 2. : to vacate an office or position under compulsion * * * walk the plank To suffer the former maritime… …   Useful english dictionary

  • walk the plank — 1) be forced to resign from a job The vice president was forced to walk the plank when the new president joined the company. 2) be forced by pirates to walk a long plank from the ship out over the water to your death The pirates seized the small… …   Idioms and examples

  • walk\ the\ plank — v. phr. 1. To walk off a board extended over the side of a ship and be drowned. The pirates captured the ship and forced the crew to walk the plank. 2. informal To resign from a job because someone makes you do it. When a new owner bought the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • walk the plank — be forced to jump overboard or be killed, be forced to leave or quit    If you get caught stealing from the company, you ll have to walk the plank …   English idioms

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