Meaning of go walkabout in English:

go walkabout


  • 1Wander around from place to place in a protracted or leisurely way.

    ‘I thought I'd just go walkabout and see what I can dig up’
    • ‘he's gone walkabout for reasons of his own’
    • ‘I've lived in the same house for 10 years now and I'm still redelivering mail to neighbours, wondering as I go walkabout who has received mine and what they may do with it.’
    • ‘After a concert in Los Angeles, he went walkabout and was found beaten up in a gutter.’
    • ‘Then he was dropped by the Roosters to Premier League for going walkabout and missing training.’
    • ‘I've adopted the use of a small kitchen timer, set at forty minutes, to save me from sitting too long hunched over the manuscript and, when it pings, I put my pencil down, get up, stretch, and go walkabout.’
    • ‘If he wasn't trying to dig an escape tunnel, he was going walkabout after finding an open gate in the house's garden.’
    • ‘But in recent years, other chunks of the service industry have gone walkabout, as telecommunications costs have collapsed.’
    • ‘Well, he told me there is a problem with crayfish, they go walkabout.’
    • ‘They also tend to go mental walkabout when they feel they have done enough to win the game.’
    • ‘When Mano Negra imploded, Chao went walkabout with a guitar and a tape recorder and, in 1998, the fruits of his efforts appeared as Clandestino.’
    • ‘Soprano Sarah Crane and baritone Shaun Brown join forces with pianist Bernadette Groot as they go walkabout with songs of travel, dreaming, love and seeking high adventure.’
  • 2(of an Australian Aboriginal) journey into the bush in order to live in the traditional manner.

    ‘At 16 make all children go walkabout in the Bush learning traditional skills and to do without modern technology for a year.’
    • ‘So they go walkabout with the Aborigine for what must be months but, just like the characters, we are unable to gauge time.’
    • ‘Even today aborigines in the outback habitually go walkabout to experience what they call the ‘songlines’, singing the old songs and tunes and thereby continuing the very essence of creation.’