vote with (one's) feet

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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!
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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.
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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]
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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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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).
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The electorate voted with their feet on this one and stayed away from this false vote.
Since Premier League and Championship Under-21 sides were introduced to the tournament in 2016, fans of League One and League Two clubs have voted with their feet But with Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea kids already safely through to the knockout stages, it seems inevitable that an Under-21 side will reach the Wembley final.
The analyst, who contends that both Moatazedi and Silvernail "have voted with their feet for the winner in the aesthetic toxin market," increased his view of the probability of approval for DWP-450 to 100% from 80%, which drove up his price target on Evolus shares to $30 from $22.
Many workers from that time have voted with their feet and gone to work elsewhere.
CHILDREN at a Foleshill primary school have voted with their feet after enthusiastically taking part in school elections.
But Rcapital said while the chain, famous for its chubby chef logo and "Olympic" breakfasts, has returned to profit, diners have "voted with their feet" and increasingly choose to eat at rival fast food chains.
Having voted with their feet, these former Californians start voting with their ballots--to express their opinions and preferences.
Keogh struck 11 minutes from time for the Lions (right) as Wolves fans voted with their feet. Just 18,174 turned up at Molineux, its lowest league crowd in more than five years.
DAILY MAIL: Boro's fans voted with their feet but Gordon Strachan was grateful for Kris Boyd''s left boot after he earned a first Championship win of the season.
An amazing 23,000 voted with their feet as they saw in the new year at Cheltenham yesterday, and were rewarded with a fantastic day's action
EVERTON fans voted with their feet at the club's lack of summer signings as fewer than 11,000 turned up to watch them fail to impress against Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.
If the hierarchy can allow more than 50,000 priests, ordained at great expense, to leave active ministry, all the while bemoaning the shortage of clergy but without caring to ask the question why, what makes anyone think that they will care to ask the why for departing Catholics who have likewise voted with their feet?
The success of Cardiff International Airport is to be applauded and passengers have certainly voted with their feet.
TONY Blair said that the public had voted with their feet because they did not use the post offices.
But what made an equally profound impression was the sense of esteem in which Stirling was evidently held, not only by his client and the local politicians, whose vision and support enabled him to realise such a major project, but also by the public, who voted with their feet and transformed what was essentially a provincial museum into a hugely popular national cultural attraction.