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Flew the coop

DEFINITION

(Old fashioned) Ran away. Escaped. Imagine caged chickens getting loose from their coop. (Compare to Bugs-out.)

“When I called the police on the shoplifter, I discovered he had flown the coop and we couldn’t arrest him.”

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