"walk-away money"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 23 18:22:26 UTC 2013

I see two meanings in active use. Which one, to you, is transparent?

I see it refer to money you take to walk away; I also see it as money you
leave on the table -- you walk away from -- in a sales context.


On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> "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
> https://tice.agroparistech.fr/coursenligne/courses/SOCIOLOGIEETMANAGEME/document/mergers%20and%20acquisition/Peopleprobleminmergers2000McKinsey.pdf?cidReq=SOCIOLOGIEETMANAGEME
> 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.
> Joel
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