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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EMPTY SEATS: Arsenal fans vote with their feet by not attending the Gunners' home clash against Manchester City last Thursday SHAUN BOTTERILL
So I hope the people of Northumberland vote with their feet and not with their hearts and get this lot out.
We need to sign quality players in the summer otherwise the supporters will start to vote with their feet.
They chose to vote with their feet by failing to turn up at the ballot box.
But now they have the opportunity to vote with their feet and give the authorities a true indication of where their experiment with altering the game's traditional calender is going.
ANYONE hoping to beat the election night hot air on television this year can vote with their feet and go to a jazz concert.
They voted with, and continue to, vote with their feet in choosing this school.
I want to take a part of that summary as the subject of my commentary: "It is a benefit of Federalism that people can vote with their feet and migrate to communities that share their values as well as enable their liberty.
Following the reception John Smith said: "The Jolly Baker is a thriving business which is popular with people in Barry and beyond who vote with their feet by returning to the shop time and time again.
Some members elected to vote with their feet against the dominant group before any formal vote was taken.
Frankly, they don't care that what they are watching isn't real, but while people still care, we have to hope we can turn it around, otherwise people will vote with their feet.
Many vote with their feet, leaving the school before graduation day, despite the urgings of adults who believe that mere seat-sitting inside a classroom will yield benefits years later.
The only area where a person can take decisive action is to vote with their feet.
Shoppers are more likely than ever to vote with their feet when frustrated by a shopping experience, according to a European study released this week.
Unhappy customers can vote with their feet by switching to a cheaper supplier.