vote with (one's) feet

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vote with (one's) feet

To show one's approval or disapproval of something through one's presence or absence, especially disapproval through leaving a place by walking out. After his inappropriate comment, we all voted with our feet and just walked away, leaving him standing there alone. If you want to support local businesses, you need to vote with your feet and your dollars—show up and buy stuff!
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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

Indicate one's disapproval by walking out or emigrating, as in The service was so bad that we decided to vote with our feet, or Thousands of Hong Kong residents voted with their feet and left before the Chinese takeover . [Slang; mid-1900s]
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vote with your feet

COMMON If people vote with their feet, they show their dislike of a place, event or situation by leaving it. It seems thousands of people are already voting with their feet, and leaving the country in the hope of a better life. If the city's economic situation gets any worse, rich people will vote with their feet.
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vote with your feet

indicate an opinion by being present or absent.
1982 Christian Order Uncounted thousands have ‘voted with their feet’, i.e., have left the Church.
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ˌvote with your ˈfeet

show that you dislike or disagree with something by leaving a place or an organization: If shoppers don’t like the new market, they’ll vote with their feet and go elsewhere.
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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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KEVIN BROWN Football THERE was a team United A very long time ago Who won the FA Cup So they tell me so We had some good players Wor Jackie was the best They had a good captain To put them to the test His name was Joe Harvey A very local lad He was very professional And looked after all the lads Three times they won at Wembley They still talk about it today But now we have a management Who don't give the time of day I am not so happy I don't think that it's reet So I will not be going I will be voting with my feet JACK JOHNSON, Low Fell, Gateshead
Rest assured Clr Light, if the figure set is anything above a fair, inflation linked amount - and cognisant of the turbulent times we are enduring in the economy - I for one will be voting with my feet and ousting the new coalition at the very first opportunity; the local elections in May.