vote with feet


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vote with one's feet

Fig. to express one's dissatisfaction with something by leaving, especially by walking away. I think that the play is a total flop. Most of the audience voted with its feet during the second act. I am prepared to vote with my feet if the meeting appears to be a waste of time.
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vote with (one's) feet

Informal
To indicate a preference or an opinion by leaving or entering a particular locale: "If older cities are allowed to decay and contract, can citizens who vote with their feet ... hope to find better conditions anywhere else?" (Melinda Beck).
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vote with your feet

to show that you do not support something, especially an organization or a product, by not using or not buying it any more Parents are voting with their feet and moving their children to schools where there is better discipline.
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@thetownplanner: Customers vote with feet (or car) + like out town convenience.