What is the exact difference in the meaning between "He walked out on me" and "He walked out me"?

What is the exact difference in the meaning between "He walked out on the door" and "He walked out the door"?

  • Do you mean work, which you have in your title, or walk which you have in the body of your question? Please edit to make these consistent. – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 21 '16 at 2:19

I believe there are some errors regarding tense in your examples.

He walked out on me.

It sounds like this definition

walk out
to suddenly leave your husband, wife, or partner and end your relationship with them:
He walked out on his wife and two kids.


He walked out me

doesn't mean anything.

However, if you meant

He walked me out

then it means

walk someone out
to accompany someone out, walking.
I'll walk you out. The exit is hard to find. Please let me walk you out so you don't get lost.

He walked out on the door

doesn't mean anything.

He walked out the door.

Walked is the past tense of walk, and out is the usual preposition. Or "walk out" means to leave, in this case, without the implication of "disapproval". I'm actually not sure. In either case, the meaning is that he used the door to exit the place.

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  • I have thought it means that relationship between "He walked out on me" and "He walked out on the door" is a relationship between "He walked out me" and "He walked out the door". This is the part where I'm confused. – user175012 Jun 21 '16 at 2:42
  • No unfortunately. Some of those have idiomatic meanings in addition to their literal meanings. – Em. Jun 21 '16 at 2:46
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    @user175012 it expresses that the subject did something abruptly, rudely, or in some other hurtful way. Another quite common example of this usage is "they hung up on me!" meaning someone hung up the telephone without properly ending the conversation. – A. McCurran Jun 21 '16 at 3:18
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    You could also "walk out on" an employer, or on your friends. It can mean abandoning any relationship. – Jay Jun 21 '16 at 4:33
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    To be complete -- or to be nitpicky, depending on how you want to look at it -- you can "walk out on" an object in the literal physical sense: you walked out of one place, and stepped onto this object. Like, "I walked out on the balcony" or "I walked out on the red carpet." I suppose you could "walk out on a door" if the door was lying on the ground outside the entrance. Like, "The door was blown off its hinges by the explosion. Then I walked out on the door." Pretty unlikely, to say the least. – Jay Jun 21 '16 at 4:35

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