Fly the coop

Definition

To make a sudden, usually unannounced, escape.

Examples

She had to fly the coop when the police came asking questions.

He knew that if he didn’t fly the coop soon, he would never be able to make it out alive.

I was so fed up with my job that I decided to fly the coop and start my own business.

After the scandal broke, he had no choice but to fly the coop.

It was the only way to get away from the situation, so I flew the coop.

Origin

Believed to come from poultry farmers who used a coop to contain their chickens.

FAQs

Q

What does “fly the coop” mean?

A

It means to make an unexpected escape.