walkabout
noun Date: 1908 1. a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work — often used in the phrase go walkabout <
the man who went walkabout was making a ritual journey — Bruce Chatwin
>
2. something (as a journey) similar to a walkabout 3. a walking tour; especially one in which a well-known person mingles with the public <
went walkabout in the streets
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • walkabout — UK [ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt] / US [ˈwɔkəˌbaʊt] noun [countable] Word forms walkabout : singular walkabout plural walkabouts 1) British an occasion when a famous or important person walks through a crowd and talks to people The Prime Minister went walkabout… …   English dictionary

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