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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It was a classic case of fans voting with their feet - the sight of it will stay with me for some time to come.
Fury at the slide under Arsene Wenger has broken out into open revolt and supporters are now voting with their feet.
Concert organisers need a reality check and the good citizens of Scotland should make it clear they cannot pay such prices by voting with their feet.
It seems to enjoy the benefits the EU was set up for in terms of a single customs union, digital firms in Wales are faced with the choice of either voting for the UK to leave the EU or voting with their feet and moving their business out of the EU.
What with the threat of more demolition still blighting the area and more families voting with their feet and moving away from Middlesbrough, when will Ray Mallon and his Labour Party supporters realise that investment in existing properties is the only answer to the demise of living conditions throughout older terraced housing in central Middlesbrough?
But Cabinet member for health Clr Molly Walton said: "For some time now people have been voting with their feet.
At no stage does the group ever mention racegoers, and if facilities are not improved, Mr Dixon, the tap will indeed run dry with racegoers voting with their feet.
As for senior managers not paying enough attention to the way the workforce is feeling, many hundreds of vastly experienced staff are voting with their feet and leaving en mass.
75, 157-58 (2001) (arguing that state laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illustrate "many of the classic arguments for federalism: people have been able to accommodate their own preferences by voting with their feet, and the states with more progressive rules have served as laboratories for assessing the benefits and costs of extending antidiscrimination laws in this way" (footnote omitted)); Richard A.
Nobody has ever doubted the health benefits to people who will be avoiding second hand smoke in their work and social time, but there were grave concerns that pub landlords and restaurant owners would be driven out of business by ardent smokers voting with their feet.
While the larger part of the American hierarchy stands idly by--a few of them even defying the Church on homosexualism--the more faithful Catholics are voting with their feet, away from the Democrats as well as from "progressive" bishops and priests.
We are also investing heavily in our branch refurbishment programme and, at a time when others are closing, customers have been voting with their feet, opening almost 600 new accounts during October.
Subscribers were voting with their feet, rejecting the rate regulation scheme.
And the long-suffering Blues faithful began voting with their feet long before the end as they trailed away.
The reality is that in competitive markets there are winners and losers, as a result of consumers voting with their feet and their wallets and exercising their freedom of choice.