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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!
See also: feet, vote
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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.
See also: feet, vote
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: feet, vote
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.

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.
See also: feet, vote
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: feet, vote
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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.
See also: feet, vote
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vote with one’s feet

in. to show one’s displeasure by walking out. When the audience votes with its feet, you know you don’t have a hit.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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).
See also: feet, vote
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

vote with one's feet, to

To register disapproval by leaving. This slangy Americanism dates from the mid-twentieth century and, one writer speculates, may originally have referred to refugees who emigrate because they disapprove of their country’s policies or way of life.
See also: to, vote
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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