1. A small enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals.
2. A cramped or uncomfortably confined space.
3. Slang A jail or prison.
tr.v. cooped, coop·ing, coopsIdiom:
1. To confine or keep (poultry, for example) in a coop.
2. To confine in a small or cramped space. Often used with up: was cooped up in the cabin during the storm.
fly (or blow)the coop
To make a getaway; escape.
[Middle English coupe, possibly from Middle Dutch kūpe, basket, tub, from Germanic *kūpōn, possibly from Latin cūpa, cask; see CUPOLA.]
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