Green’s Dictionary of Slang

walk v.

1. [mid-19C] to die.

2. [late 19C–1900s] (US campus) to take an examination without using any form of cheating aid.

3. [mid-19C+] of objects, to go missing (presumed stolen) (also go walkies) [SE walk off].

4. [1940s] (US tramp) to banish, to eject from a place [SE walk away, walk off].

5. [1950s] (US) to beat up [i.e. to ‘walk all over’].

6. [1950s+] in senses of ‘walking away’ .

(a) (UK Und.) to be found not guilty, or evade proven association with a crime (see cite 2016).

(b) (US prison/Und.) to be released from prison or arrest.

(c) (US prison) to release someone from prison.

7. [1920s+] to leave, to walk off; to resign.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

walk-about (money) (n.)

see separate entries.

walkalone (n.)

[2000s] (US prison) a prisoner who has to exercise alone.

walkaway (n.)

[2010s] (US und.) in an assassination, the shooter’s companion who is handed the gun after the killing and immediately leaves the scene.

walkback (n.)

[1940s] (US black) an apartment at the rear of the block.

walkboy (n.) [they walk together]

[1980s+] (US black) a close male friend.

walk-by (n.) [on model of drive-by n.]

[1990s+] (US black gang) a shooting in which the attacker walks past the victim or their home and fires.

walktalk (n.)

[1910s+] (Aus.) a stroll on which the walkers chatter together.

walk-up fuck (v.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

walk... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

walk on (v.)

[2000s] (US drugs) to adulterate a drug.

walk (all) over (v.) [mid-19C+]

1. (also walk on) to treat someone with contempt .

2. to defeat someone comprehensively.

walk and nyam (n.) [nyam v. (1)]

[early 19C+] (W.I.) a poor white; thus a sponger of any race.

walk cool (v.) [cool adv. (1)]

[1960s] (US black) to act in an unconcerned, relaxed manner, esp. in the face of problems or menaces.

walk dandy-dude (v.) [SE dandy + dude n.1 (1)]

[1940s] (W.I.) to kick out one’s legs when walking, the result of a deformity.

walk down someone’s throat (v.)

[late 19C+] to tell off, to scold, to reprimand.

walked off (adj.) [the condemned person is escorted from court]

[1910s–20s] taken off to prison.

walk heavy (v.)

[1960s] (US black) to impose oneself on the world, to walk about in a deliberately self-assured manner.

walk in(to)

see separate entries.

walk it (v.) (also walk in) [the relative lack of effort put out]

[1930s+] to win easily, usu. in a sporting context.

walk like she can’t mash ants (v.) [note SE phr. butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth]

[20C+] (W.I.) used of a woman who poses as an innocent, but lives a less restrained life.

walk of shame (n.)

1. [1990s+] (orig. US campus) a woman’s public appearance after spending the night with a new lover.

2. [2000s] of a man, the walk back to one’s friends, e.g. in a bar, after failing to pick up a woman.

walk on rocky socks (v.)

[20C+] (US) to walk unsteadily owing to an excess of drink.

walk round (v.)

1. [mid-19C] (US) to cheat.

2. [1900s] to defeat easily.

walk soft (v.)

[1970s+] (US black) to behave modestly.

walk someone’s log (v.)

[late 19C] (US campus) to hurt someone.

walk the carpet (v.) [such errant servants were summoned into the carpeted parlour to be told off by the master or mistress]

[early 19C] to receive a reprimand, esp. of household servants.

walk the chalk (v.)

see separate entry.

walk the check (v.) [abbr. SE walk away from the check]

[1970s+] (US campus) to walk deliberately out of a restaurant without paying the bill.

walk the dog (v.)

[1910s+] (US) to show off by driving or walking at speed.

walk the piazzas (v.) [the piazzas of Covent Garden were popular among prostitutes]

[early 19C] to (start) work as a prostitute.

walk the plank (v.) [the trad. (if mythical) punishment of Caribbean pirates]

[late 19C+] (US) to be dismissed from a job.

walk the way of a trollop (v.) [a play on the more usu. walk the way of the warrior, much loved by martial arts films etc.]

[1990s+] (US campus) of a woman, to signal sexual availability.

walk up (against) the wall (v.) [the landlord chalks one’s running debts on the wall]

[late 18C–early 19C] to run up credit at a public house (cf. crawl up the wall under crawl v.2 ).

walk up ladder Lane and down Hemp Street (v.) [orig. naut. jargon]

[19C] to be hanged.