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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!
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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.
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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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A school pet reared by pupils from an egg has left its keepers devastated by flying the coop as soon as he grew his feathers.
As 1996 ended Vachon spoke to The Advocate about the state of gay and lesbian filmmaking before flying the coop for London, where she's now in production on Haynes's Velvet Goldmine.
When another, better-connected manager offers them a better deal and stellar perks, they've been notoriously known for flying the coop with no compunction-or contrition!
THE birds are flying the coop in Bedworth Welfare Park following a borough council decision to demolish their home.
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To keep him from flying the coop, Fenimore bought an owl box from the raptor center and hung it in a pear tree in her backyard, but Lacy said there is no guarantee the owl will take to the box.