fly the coop

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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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If he's not willing to hear you out and do what he can to make you more comfortable with his heavily female flock, then it's time for you to fly the coop.
Growing up in a small, coastal town in North Carolina, Savannah has always known that someday she would fly the coop to find bigger and better things in the world.
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.
While the researchers believe the sound was "a probable cue" for the birds to fly the coop, they do note the exact reason can't be pinned down.
Little wonder that he apparently wishes to be released from his gilded cage and be allowed to fly the coop to Crystal Palace, who may well be heading for relegation to the Championship unless he can do what miracleworker Tony Pulis did.
Most people downsize their homes when the kids fly the coop, but not Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
s Suitcase Party will take over Clay Lacy Aviation at Van Nuys Airport, giving partygoers the chance to fly the coop.
Eventually, the calendar turns, and the young ones fly the coop.
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.
I have no doubt my chickens--and yours--would happily fly the coop to join that little brown hen.
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.