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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  • To walk the plank — Plank Plank, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche, fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf. {Planch}.] 1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See {Board}. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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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

  • walk the plank — INFORMAL ► to be forced to leave your job because of something bad you have done: »The expenses scandal gave several ministers no option but to walk the plank. Main Entry: ↑walk …   Financial and business terms

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  • Walk the Plank (gameshow) — Walk the Plank is a South African television gameshow produced for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 2005. It was hosted by Rutendo Matinyarare. A crossover of Survivor and traditional quiz shows but with a voiceover and puzzle …   Wikipedia

  • walk the plank — verb a) On a pirate ship, to walk off a plank of wood into the ocean. Used as a method of killing. b) To be forced to resign from a position in an organization …   Wiktionary

  • walk the plank — phrasal 1. to walk under compulsion over the side of a ship into the sea 2. to resign an office or position under compulsion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To walk one's chalks — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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