Fly the Coop

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To move or leave secretly from a place or situation, to run away or get way or escape


  • The word “coop” in this expression is a cage or hutch to keep small animals or poultry. A chicken was said to “flew the coop” when it escaped or fled its stockade. It is to be noted that “coop” was used as a slang word in late 19th and early 20th century for jail. The expression was much used for prisoners who got escaped from jail. Today the phrase can be associated or linked with any person or animal who secretly runs way or escape from place or pen.
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The terrible party was hard to stand for all our friends, so we flew the coop instantly without letting anyone know.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Fly the Coop':

fly the coopTo depart hastily or unannounced; to escape or flee.
fly the coopTo escape from a pen or similar enclosure.
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