I'd never taken an accounting course, never run a business, never even had savings of my own to manage. I'd stumbled into a job at Salomon Brothers in 1985, and stumbled out, richer, in 1988, and event though I wrote a book about the experience, the whole thing still strikes me as totally preposterous—which is one reason the money was so easy to walk away from.—The Big Short by Michael Lewis—

Hello, I wondered the meaning of part "walk away from" while reading this phrase. I assume money walking away from him after he got richer but I wonder what reason made money walk away here, is it his lack of his money managing skill or thing that was preposterous?

Also I searched a meaning "walk away" in a Lexico Dictionary and I don't get how casually or irresponsibly if money would withdraw.

Casually or irresponsibly withdraw from a situation in which one is involved or for which one is responsible.(Lexico Dictionary)

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    The narrator is walking away from the money. Commented Aug 9, 2021 at 15:00
  • "walk away" = to leave something behind. To no longer have it in your life.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 9, 2021 at 15:02
  • A better definition: to leave a place, situation, or person
    – ColleenV
    Commented Aug 9, 2021 at 15:39
  • Oh, "he" is walking away. I thought money was easy to walk away from him.
    – ice man
    Commented Aug 10, 2021 at 3:21
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    "Money" must be the object of "from", so your interpretation isn't possible. There's no structure in English like "Money is easy to walk away". It makes no sense
    – gotube
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 4:19

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As Merriam-Webster says:

to cause to remain behind

synonyms: abandon

In this case, the narrator is abandoning the money.

The phrase is common when you elect to forgo an opportunity.

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