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Topic: fly the coop
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:54:44 PM
: to leave suddenly or secretly : to escape or go away
In the morning the suspect had flown the coop.
All their children have flown the coop. [=have moved away from home]

In these two examples, "fly the coop" is not used in the past tense. Is it true that the idiom is usually said in the past tense? Does "How to cope when kids fly the coop" sound strange to you?

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