To walk the plank

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To walk the plank to walk along a plank laid across the bulwark of a ship, until one overbalances it and falls into the sea; -- a method of disposing of captives practiced by pirates.
    • To walk the plank to walk off the plank into the water and be drowned; -- an expression derived from the practice of pirates who extended a plank from the side of a ship, and compelled those whom they would drown to walk off into the water; figuratively, to vacate an office by compulsion.
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Usage

In literature:

I think Cornish is ready to make them walk the plank.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
Anybody who can't keep quiet will be made to walk the plank.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Yes, I am thinking of forcing Aunt Lucinda to walk the plank ere long, Helena.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
When the boatswain pipes for boarders, they'll feel as if his whistle were a signal for them to walk the plank.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Passing the sentry at the gang-plank, who stood at present arms in salute, Hal Overton walked forward to the outer end of the pier.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Peter had been removed for ever from his path, and all the other boys were on the brig, about to walk the plank.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
I wish it were possible to have you walk the plank.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
But so far as I can see into the future, nothing is going to happen, nobody is going to walk the plank.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
One night Frank walked into the church, to see no one was stealing planks from the unfinished building.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
It would have been necessary for Howe and Nelson to make every French sailor whom they took walk the plank.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
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In news:

As second-grade students from East Elementary School in McConnelsville "walked the plank" that led to the Nina and the Pinta replica ships moored at Marietta Harbor Friday, they chattered like magpies.
The reality star didn't look like she was at any risk of being ordered to walk the plank when she and her co-stars partied on the Caribbean island of St Bart's on Monday night's episode.
But could visitors next year be forced to walk the plank if a ferry fare increase is approved.
His was the first of what will undoubtedly be many major banks to walk the regulatory plank for fixing the interbank exchange rate.
Ted Strickland and Chancellor Eric Fingerhut want the program to walk the plank to save $5 million in his biennial budget.
Tutino was also forced to walk the plank , where a board was tied to a rope that she dragged around the boat deck.
'Pirate Radio' should be made to walk the plank .
Who's Going to Walk the Plank .
Downloaders Force Music Industry to Walk the Plank .
Tyco's CEO: Time to Walk the Plank .
Who will be the next presidential candidate to walk the plank and quit the race.
Tutino was also forced to walk the plank, where a board was tied to a rope that she dragged around the boat deck.
They haven't forced anybody to walk the plank.
Tyco's CEO: Time to Walk the Plank.
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