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This is from a book "Confess" by Colleen Hoover. "To walk something" meaning "to carry" or "to bring" - is this just a case of a missed word ("with") or an unusual phrasal verb?

I walk into the bathroom and look at her clothes, and I want to walk them back downstairs to her

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  • It can also mean to accompany a person. "I walked him to the office."
    – dougrhess
    Sep 28, 2020 at 21:24

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This broadened transitive usage/s 'to walk carrying / carry walking', as opposed to 'to walk wheeling something, or to move something relatively heavy in lurches or at least partial gyrations as you walk':

walk [transitive] walk something: to move a large or heavy object along the ground while walking with it

  • He walked the bookcase to the other end of the room.
  • We walked our bikes up the hill.

[OALD]

walk [US]{but common in the UK also; EA} 17: to move (a bulky or heavy object) by rocking along from one side or corner to another in a manner suggestive of walking

[Collins]

is becoming more common. Here is an example from Die Trying (Jack Reacher) (#2)_Lee Child

"I didn't ask you where she came from," Milosevic said. "Where did she head when she left?"

The woman paused.

"I didn't see," she said. "I took her garments through to the back. I heard the door open, but I couldn't see where she went. I was in back."

"You just grabbed her stuff?" Milosevic said. "Rushed through to the back before she was out of here?"

The woman faltered, like she was being accused of an impoliteness.

"Not rushed," she said. "Miss Johnson was walking slow. Bad leg, right? I felt I shouldn't stare at her. I felt she was embarrassed. I walked her clothes through to the back so she wouldn't feel I was watching her."

But it doesn't seem to have made it into the dictionary yet.

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    Walking a bike is not the same as walking a bookcase. With the latter, you move it by pivoting it on different corners so that the bookcase appears to walk.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 28, 2020 at 12:13
  • Yes. M-W gets as far as '4: to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking'. Sep 28, 2020 at 13:23
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    @AndrewLeach And neither of them is the same as walking some clothes, which you could easily carry while walking normally (since they are neither bulky nor heavy). Sep 28, 2020 at 21:03
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    I'd say the usage in a non-heavy context is quite common. "She handed me the printout and I walked it over to the copier," for instance, would raise no eyebrows.
    – Alex M
    Sep 28, 2020 at 23:49
  • ... It might raise the odd one (or a patriotic hackle) in the UK, Alex. Sep 29, 2020 at 10:51
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Yes, walking something could also mean “walking with” for example ‘I walked my dog’ That means bring it out for a walk.

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You could use "haul"...

I walk into the bathroom and look at her clothes, and I want to haul them back downstairs to her.

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