take a walk
 v. phr.— «These scores include votes cast and non-votes by members present at the time the vote was cast. This practice, known as “taking a walk” is a ploy some lawmakers use to avoid a recorded vote while actually affecting the outcome of legislation.» —“Consumer Federation of California Releases 2008 Scorecard for Legislators” by Richard Holober California Progress Report (Oakland) Dec. 12, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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