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

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walk the plank
To suffer the former maritime punishment of being forced to walk off the end of a plank projecting over the ship's side
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Main Entry:plank
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walk the plank see under ↑plank
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Main Entry:walk

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I
(formerly) be forced by pirates to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to one's death in the sea
informal lose one's job or position
II
see plank

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walk the plank — see walk, 1
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Main Entry:plank
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walk the plank
: to be forced to walk along a board sticking out over the side of a ship and fall into the sea

The traitor was forced to walk the plank.

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Main Entry:walk

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walk the ˈplank idiom
(in the past) to walk along a board placed over the side of a ship and fall into the sea, as a punishment
Main entry:walkidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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