Green’s Dictionary of Slang

walk n.

1. in senses of a regular ‘beat’.

(a) the area walked by a street prostitute.

[UK]New Swell’s Night Guide to the Bowers of Venus frontispiece: Introducing Houses, West-End ‘Walks,’ Chanting Slums, Flash Cribs, and Dossing Kens.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 111: While starting on the beat [game, turf, walk] the inexperienced, up-and-coming choirboys, cowboys [...] wait to be approached.

(b) (US prison) the regular patrol route of a prison warder.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 8: Walk The route a prison guard uses as he periodically checks the area to which he is assigned.

2. a release from a charge.

[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 17: Turk had gotten a walk because his sheet wasn’t too bad.
[US]Sepe & Telano Cop Team 80: The judge summarily released the prisoners [...] he gave them what is known in police parlance as ‘a walk.’.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 190: If Werner helped with the investigation, he could be guaranteed a walk or probation.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 27: No cuffs, a walk on the charge if he won.
[US](con. 1960s) J. Ellroy Blood’s a Rover 17: Wayne Senior and the PD worked to get Wayne a walk on the dope fiends. Mr Hoover was amenable.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘What if i could get you a walk?’.

3. (US campus) a release from a class.

[US]J. Doyle College Sl. Dict. [Internet] walk [UT at Austin] when a professor decides not to have class, sometimes used to describe cutting.

In phrases

give someone a walk (v.)

(US) to ignore, to abandon.

[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 213: Either you give them a walk or our relationship is over.
go for a walk (v.) [euph.]

to be stolen.

[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 83: Amongst the many angles Charlie occupies himself with is the odd bit of merchandise that has fallen off the back of a lorry, been lost in transit, gone for a walk, developed legs, become ownerless, lost its collar, appeared on his doorstep, was found adrift in the canal, or was given to him to mind by a geezer who never came back.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 327: Some dough from a big enough job went for a fuckin’ walk a while back. The word’s out it was me knocked it off.
take a walk (v.) (orig. US)

1. to leave, to be dismissed; usu. as imper. take a walk! go away!

[US]‘Mark Twain’ Sketches New and Old 248: The first time he opened his mouth and was just going to spread himself his breath took a walk.
[US]St Louis Globe-Democrat 19 Jan. n.p.: The bar-keeper gets ‘riled’ [...] and then adds ‘take a walk,’ ‘skirmish,’ ‘mosey,’ ‘walk off on your eyebrow’.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (2004) 11: Another one said ‘O, give us a rest;’ and another one told him to take a walk.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Man Who Forgot’ in Roderick (1972) 159: You can call up at the store and get your cheque [...] and then take a walk.
[US]S. Crane in N.Y. Press 9 Dec. in Stallman (1966) 112: Ah, what’s eatin’ yeh? Take a walk!
[US]C.L. Cullen More Ex-Tank Tales 104: He [...] told me to take a quick walk. Which I did.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Squaring the Circle’ in Voice of the City (1915) 130: ‘Take a walk for yourself,’ said the policeman.
[US] ‘We’re Bound for San Diego’ in Lingenfelter et al. Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 549: The cops will smash them with a sap and tell ’em, ‘take a walk.’.
[US]C. Coe Hooch! 114: She can take a walk.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Butch Minds the Baby’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 347: He takes the walk when he sees us coming.
[US]H. McCoy Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 275: Before I take my walk, I want what’s mine.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 15: The law. Let’s take a walk.
[US]Murtagh & Harris Cast the First Stone 31: Be a good girl, huh? Take a walk and don’t bother me no more.
[SA]B. Modisane Blame me on Hist. 57: ‘Don’t get hot running, friend,’ he said, removing his jacket. ‘Take a walk, bricade.’.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 179: If there’s any schoolgirls in the house will they kindly take a walk, / ’cause I’m a drunk sonofabitch and I’m full a bad talk.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 141: ‘Take a walk!’ cried Murf.
[US]L.K. Truscott IV Dress Gray (1979) 486: ‘How come you’re taking a walk?’ ‘I made up my mind to resign quite a while ago.’.
[US]S. King Christine 172: Break it up right now! You kids take a walk! Take a walk, dammit!
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 56: Take a long fucking walk.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 151: ‘Take a walk,’ said someone else.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Pager’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 5 [TV script] It’s time for him to take a walk.
[SA]IOL Cape Western News (SA) 14 Feb. [Internet] Take a walk, fat boy, a l-o-n-g walk.

2. to escape criminal proceedings.

[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 294: They had th’ statements he’d nailed [...], they’d publish th’ whole story in th’ papers less’n they let Steve take a walk and let that be th’ blow-off!
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 122: Somebody’s got enough clout to hush up a double homicide and let a drunken actor take a walk.

3. to run off.

[US]O. Strange Law O’ The Lariat 212: Yu see, that hole yu put me into ain’t none too well ventilated [...] an’ so I took a walk.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 208: Take a walk Miss class.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 102: How do you know I won’t take a walk, stiff you for the fare?
take a walk up back (v.)

(US prison) to be moved from one’s cell to the execution chamber.

[US]C.G. Givens ‘Chatter of Guns’ in Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 (1930) 134: take a walk up back, v.phr. Be removed to the death house.
[[US]L.E. Lawes Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing 14: This section, referred to as the ‘dance hall’ by the condemned, is connected by a corridor ‘in-back’ (the pet name for the execution chamber)].