vote with your feet

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 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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And you can vote with your feet by using the markets and showing the city's leaders how important our historic markets are to the local economy.
A: WELL Pauric the reality of it is that they can put up your premiums to whatever they think they can get away with, it's more of a moral question than a legal one and you should vote with your feet. Pretty much all insurance companies have put up premiums mainly because they gambled their cash reserves on the stock market in recent years and took massive losses, so poor old Mr and Mrs Loyal customer have to foot the bill with higher premiums.
(6) At least some of the commentators who have written articles praising the right to vote with your feet have also shared my view that this right is insufficient to protect other constitutional rights.
"If you're not happy with how they're conducting themselves, vote with your feet," says columnist Whelahan.
To the general public I say vote with your feet, check with U Switch on the internet to find the cheapest supplier.
When it comes to parish affiliation, don't vote with your feet; bloom where you're planted.
VOTE with your feet and leave overcharging banks - that was the message yesterday from consumer watchdogs.