"walk-away money"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Nov 23 15:50:14 UTC 2013

"Walk-away money" -- transparent in meaning, but I don't see
"walk-away" (presumably an attributive?) in this sense in the
OED.  It's not included in "walk-away  n." under "walk, v."

Presumably akin to "walk-off" (as in baseball), which has been
discussed recently.  Looking in the OED, I don't see the baseball
sense (can't remember whether that's been discussed).

Googling Web and Books for "walk-away money", I see only this before 2001:
[PDF]  (026-037)PMM Employees 9/25/00 11:20 AM Page 26
The most important factor to consider when you are trying to retain
and motivate people is how much "walk-away" money they receive from the merger.

I have not tried to find "walk-away" in the same sense but not with
"money".  There is the usual problem of hyphen = space.


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