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a fox in the chicken coop

Someone who will or intends to exploit or manipulate something, some place, or someone for their own personal gain. (A fox inside a chicken coop would prey upon the chickens.) He was like a fox in the chicken coop, using every trick up his sleeve to line his pockets with the company's money. Giving a person like that access to so much power is like putting a fox in the chicken coop. My sister is going to put her ex-convict brother-in-law in charge of her business, and I'm worried he'll be like a fox in the chicken coop.
See also: chicken, coop, fox

blow the coop

To leave or escape (something). This lecture is so boring. Come on, let's blow the coop and go get a drink somewhere! I'm definitely blowing the coop when I turn 18—I can't wait to have a little freedom!
See also: blow, coop

coop up

To restrict someone or something to a particular, usually small, space for a length of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coop" and "up." Just let the dogs run in the yard—they've been cooped up all day. After that snowstorm cooped us up for days, we were thrilled to leave the house again.
See also: coop, up

fly the coop

To leave or escape (something). This lecture is so boring. Come on, let's fly the coop and go get a drink somewhere! I'm definitely flying the coop when I turn 18—I can't wait to have a little freedom!
See also: coop, fly

go co-op

Typically said of an apartment building that has become a cooperative (or "co-op")—a building in which residents do not own property but rather own shares in the corporation that owns the building. I can't believe that our building is going co-op—I might need to move.
See also: go
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coop someone or something up

to confine someone or something in a small place. Don't coop me up. I can't stand small places. We had to coop up the dogs for a while.
See also: coop, up

fly the coop

Fig. to escape; to get out or get away. (Alludes to a chicken escaping from a chicken coop.) I couldn't stand the party, so I flew the coop. The prisoner flew the coop at the first opportunity.
See also: coop, fly
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fly the coop

Escape, run away, as in After years of fighting with my mother, my father finally flew the coop. This term originally meant "escape from jail," known as the coop in underworld slang since the late 1700s. [Late 1800s]
See also: coop, fly
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fly the coop

If someone flies the coop, they leave the situation that they are in, often because they want to have more freedom or want to do something different. Aged 21, I felt the time was right to fly the coop and my parents were okay about it. It should be a proud moment, junior hairwasher grows up, graduates to senior stylist and then flies the coop to set up in a salon of his or her own. Compare with fly the nest. Note: A coop is a small cage in which chickens or small animals are kept. `Coop' is also American slang for a prison.
See also: coop, fly
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

fly the coop

make your escape. informal
1991 Julia Phillips You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again Has David left? Nah, he would want to make sure I'm really ensconced, or I might fly the coop.
See also: coop, fly
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fly the ˈcoop

(informal, especially American English) escape from a place: He was never happy living at home with his parents, so as soon as possible he flew the coop and got his own place.
A coop is a cage for chickens, hens, etc.
See also: coop, fly
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fly the coop

tv. to escape from somewhere; to get away. I was afraid he would fly the coop if I didn’t tie him up.
See also: coop, fly
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

fly the coop, to

To escape. This expression, with its analogy to barnyard fowl escaping from a chicken coop or other enclosure, is American in origin and dates from about 1900. “On the third day I flew the coop,” wrote O. Henry (The Enchanted Profile, 1909). More recently Harry Kemelman used it in Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (1966): “This man ran off . . . flew the coop, beat it.”
See also: fly, to
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Officials of Danish Coop were in the country recently to evaluate the progress made at the projects the cooperative is funding.
Mary Pender tells anyone who asks what to get me for a gift, "Get her a chicken coop." I am not sure if she wants one herself or if she is just keenly aware of one of my deepest desires.
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