fly the coop


: to leave suddenly or secretly : to escape or go away
In the morning the suspect had flown the coop.
: to leave home
All their children have flown the coop.

Examples of fly the coop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In new episodes, the family of four is preparing for their kids – Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a young man on the autism spectrum, and Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), his younger sister – to fly the coop. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 In December, as users began to fly the coop following a series of controversial company decisions by Musk, the platform introduced a new policy banning the free promotion of rivals Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, Truth Social, Tribel, and Post. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2023 These chickens want to fly the coop — literally! Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 29 Nov. 2022 But the Santee City Council was adamant that Bird fly the coop before the electric scooters ever got rolling. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2021 When your leaders fly the coop, who remains to transmit the culture to the next group? Don Yaeger, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021

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“Fly the coop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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