American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Large enough to admit entrance: a walk-in closet.
- adj. Located so as to be entered directly from the street: a walk-in apartment.
- n. A room large enough to admit entrance.
- n. An easily won victory, especially in an election.
- n. Slang One who walks in without having an appointment.
- n. Slang One, such as a spy, who initiates defection from one's own country to another, usually hostile country, without having been encouraged to do so.
- adj. of a place that people may enter without a prior appointment
- adj. of a thief that gains access through unlocked doors
- adj. of a defector, etc. that walks into an embassy etc unannounced
- adj. US not a drive-in
- adj. of a room entered without an intervening passage
- n. a walk-in room or closet
- n. a walk-in defector etc.
- n. parapsychology A person whose original soul has departed the body and been replaced with another.
- n. A customer who visits a restaurant without a reservation.
- adj. (of e.g. closets or refrigerators) extending very far enough back to allow a person to enter
- n. person who walks in without having an appointment
- n. an operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum
- n. an assured victory (especially in an election)
- n. a small room large enough to admit entrance
“The report helpfully cited the definition of walk-in in Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage, by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen: “An unheralded defector or a dangle, a ‘walk-in’ is a potential agent or a mole who literally walks into an embassy or intelligence agency without prior contact or recruitment.””
“I resisted the temptation to use a phone kiosk and call the walk-in clinic to get the results of my HIV test – out of the fear that someone would report back to them that I was seen on the phone and, ergo, to the cops.”
“However, when a source, worried about confirming a leak, waves a reporter off a story that is true as Cox did with my early query about a walk-in, that is considered by the inquirer to be a misstep in the symbiosis minuet.”
“A sign keeps “walk-in” parishioners at bay, noting that staff pastors are available “by appointment only.””
“Figuratively, of course; she has to stay in the walk-in cooler to do her best work.”
“Details include his-and-hers sinks in the master bathroom, walk-in closets, and granite countertops in the kitchen.”
“This white walk-in sculptural environment — imagine Dr. Caligari's cabinet decorated by Joseph Cornell and painted by Louise Nevelson — was constructed by Schwitters over almost 20 years.”
“For the record, 99 percent of the time, walk-in sources to U.S.”
“There are 7 total rooms fully furnished for move-in occupancy, plus 2 full baths (no tubs) with walk-in showers, and 2 terraces.”
“This spacious and modern style home offers 3-4 spacious bedrooms, 2 baths with walk-in showers, a dining room, open concept living room and kitchen, walk-in pantry, ample closets and storage spaces, walled and private backyard/garden perfect for pets, relaxing in a hammock, and listening to the soothing sounds of a Mexican canterra fountain.”
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