Definition of Fly the coop

1. Verb. Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run. "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

Exact synonyms: Break Away, Bunk, Escape, Head For The Hills, Hightail It, Lam, Run, Run Away, Scarper, Scat, Take To The Woods, Turn Tail
Generic synonyms: Go Away, Go Forth, Leave
Specialized synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight, Skedaddle
Derivative terms: Lam, Runaway



Definition of Fly the coop

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To depart hastily or unannounced; to escape or flee. ¹

2. Verb. (context: of a bird) To escape from a pen or similar enclosure. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly The Coop

fly low
fly off
fly off the handle
fly on
fly on the wall
fly open
fly orchid
fly out
fly out of the traps
fly outs
fly poison
fly rod
fly sheet
fly swatter
fly tent
fly the coop (current term)
fly the freak flag
fly the nest
flyable
flyaway
flyaways
flyback
flybacks
flyball
flybane
flybanes
flybelt
flybelts
flyblew

Literary usage of Fly the coop

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1. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1909)
"Besides, you all know that if such an association were formed, half of them would fly the coop the first time they heard of any outsider some day getting 5 ..."

2. The Country House: A Practical Manual of the Planning and Construction of by Charles Edward Hooper (1905)
"... the top of the run fence should not be a stick of timber; it is too easily located by the fowl that may desire to "fly the coop. ..."

3. The Country House: A Practical Manual of the Planning and Construction of by Charles Edward Hooper (1906)
"... the top of the run fence should not be a stick of timber; it is too easily located by the fowl that may desire to "fly the coop. ..."

4. The Teaching of English in the Secondary School by Charles Swain Thomas (1917)
"To fly the coop. e. To be fired. /. Some cheese (he thought he was). g. Your own favorite slang phrase. (Find always the up-to-date slang most used by your ..."

5. True Stories of Crime from the District Attorney's Office by Arthur Cheney Train (1908)
""What are you doing here in New York ?" demanded Clark. "Didn'tI give you six hours to fly the coop ? And who's this woman ? ..."

6. Watch Yourself Go by by Alfred Griffith Field (1912)
"Air yu fixin' to fly the coop? If ye air, don't go off like a thief afore daylight. Go away so you won't be ashamed to kum back. Kum on now, let's hear from ..."

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