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 for To walk the plank
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plank \Plank\, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche,
     fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf.
     Planch.]
     1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only
        in being thicker. See Board.
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     2. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a
        swimmer.
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              His charity is a better plank than the faith of an
              intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.   --Southey.
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     3. One of the separate articles in a declaration of the
        principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the
        national platform. [Cant]
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     Plank road, or Plank way, a road surface formed of
        planks. [U.S.]
  
     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Walk \Walk\, v. t.
     1. To pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to
        perambulate; as, to walk the streets.
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              As we walk our earthly round.         --Keble.
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     2. To cause to walk; to lead, drive, or ride with a slow
        pace; as, to walk one's horses; to walk the dog. " I will
        rather trust . . . a thief to walk my ambling gelding."
        --Shak.
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     3. [AS. wealcan to roll. See Walk to move on foot.] To
        subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to
        full. [Obs. or Scot.]
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     4. (Sporting) To put or keep (a puppy) in a walk; to train
        (puppies) in a walk. [Cant]
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     5. To move in a manner likened to walking. [Colloq.]
  
              She walked a spinning wheel into the house, making
              it use first one and then the other of its own
              spindling legs to achieve progression rather than
              lifting it by main force.             --C. E.
                                                    Craddock.
  
     To walk one's chalks, to make off; take French leave.
  
     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.
        --Bartlett.
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