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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!
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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.

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

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.
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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]
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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The official said the first phase involves obligatory inclusion of national products to coops goods lists and giving them attractive price.
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One of the coops on the tour belongs to Shawnee Benston and Gary Gallagher, who live on 10 acres they call Wishbone Gardens, just southeast of the city.
In these joint venture, the private companies and the rural coops will negotiate the terms of the agreements in each area.
He noted that the Coops do not have exposure to large corporate loans as is the case with the commercial banks, but it has granted loans in the retail sector and loans to small and medium sized companies.
The electric coops interact in small, intimate venues with Smart Grid technology executives.
5% for coops, but down 5% for condos (the latter on an SF basis), compared to second quarter prices, but up 30.
Along with the island`s banking system, Cyprus Coops came at the brink of collapse last March when the government agreed with the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF) on a e1/410 billion bailout.
The electric coops will interact in small, intimate venues with Smart Grid technology executives.
Manhattan: Median price per square foot for pre-war condos was about 4 percent higher than coops - $312 per square foot versus $300 per square foot.
William Booth, Event Director of the RSGS, added, "The Summit creates a productive environment in which eighty plus CEOs of the top electric coops from across the United States will interact in an intimate business setting with Smart Grid technology leaders like IBM.
The condo is ruled by a Board of Managers, also through by-laws, but most often, the guidelines are much simpler and less restrictive than those penned for coops.
Coop Bank's deposit mix could continue to change as financial reform further reduces the need for coops to deposit their surplus funds with the bank.