fly the coop

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Related to fly the coop: Time Flies, flown the coop, flies in the face, bygones
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: the coop - fleefly the coop - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
flee, take flight, fly - run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic
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Although, when 21-year-old Polly returns from two years travelling and working abroad and struggles to adjust to sharing the family's five-bed house with all her siblings, it becomes obvious that she's desperate to fly the coop.
I felt the need to fly the coop from Austin," he said.
Most people downsize their homes when the kids fly the coop, but not Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Almost everyone here is divorced with an ex living nearby and one kid who's about to fly the coop for college.
Whether your dog Tweets or your backyard birds fly the coop, there's something for everyone on this year's top 10 list.
Calling himself a homebird is a bit modest as the real reason Gavin does not fly the coop often is his booming furniture company that dispatches home interiors to North Tipperary and beyond from it's Nenagh base.
But it wasn't long before she was able to fly the coop.
We don't want Barclays to fly the coop like other firms given good money to come here.
95) receives zany and funny drawings by Ard Hoyt as it tells of twenty-six cows who decide to fly the coop as Ida Mae is daydreaming how she'll get famous.
John admits many first-time buyers featured on the show are desperate to fly the coop so they can start a love nest of their own - away from the eagle-eyes of Mammy and Daddy.
Nakedly autobiographical, the play is narrated by Tom Wingfield (Christian Slater), a would-be writer chafing in a dead-end job and itching to fly the coop like his father did, leaving his crippled and depressed older sister, Laura (Sarah Paulson), in the care of their frustrated, overbearing mother, Amanda (Jessica Lange).
1 Black sheep 2 Fly the coop (chicken) 3 Play possum 4 Sitting duck 5 Lion's share 6 Go cold turkey 7 Have an albatross around one's neck 8 Play dog in the manger 9 Feather one's own nest (any bird) 10 Get someone's goat 11 Put on the dog 12 Red herring 13 In two shakes of a lamb's tail 14 One swallow does not a summer make 15 There is more than one way to skin a cat 16 Every dog has his day 17 Don't look a gift horse in the mouth 18 Curiosity killed the cat 19 It depends whose ox is gored 20 You can't teach an old dog new tricks 21 Let sleeping dogs lie 22 The leopard cannot change his spots 23 Don't count your chickens until they are hatched 24 The worm turns 25 Like a bull in a china shop