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Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Prov. You will like someone or something better if that person or thing is far away. Ever since Carla's boyfriend moved away, she can't stop thinking about him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

*conspicuous by one's absence

Cliché noticeably absent (from an event). (*Typically: be ~; made ~.) How could the bride's father miss the wedding? He was certainly conspicuous by his absence.
See also: absence, conspicuous

in the absence of someone or something

while someone or something isn't here; without someone or something. In the absence of the cook, I'll prepare dinner. In the absence of opposition, she won easily.
See also: absence, of

leave of absence

a period of time away from one's job, with the employer's permission. Mr. Takaguchi is on leave of absence because he is going back to school. His leave of absence is expected to end next month.
See also: absence, leave, of

take (one's) leave (of someone)

to say good-bye to someone and leave. I took leave of the hostess at an early hour. One by one, the guests took their leave.
See also: leave, take

take leave

also take a leave (of absence)
to use time permitted to be away from work For the first time fathers are allowed to take leave to care for new babies or for seriously ill children. Employees must tell employers ahead of time that they plan to take a leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
See also: leave, take

take your leave

to go away from a gathering Barlow could only manage a few brief words before taking his leave of this group of happy supporters.
See also: leave, take

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

something that you say which means being apart from someone that you love makes you love them even more 'My boyfriend's going to South America and I won't see him for six months.' 'Ah well, absence makes the heart grow fonder.'
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be conspicuous by your absence

  (humorous)
if someone is conspicuous by their absence, people notice that they are not present in a place where they are expected to be Helen was conspicuous by her absence at the meeting yesterday.
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absence makes the heart grow fonder

Separation intensifies love, as in After a year in another country she accepted his proposal, so I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder , or, used ironically, The boss leaves earlier every day; oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Although versions of this saying date from Roman times, it only became popular after Thomas Haynes Bayly used it as the last line of a song in The Isle of Beauty (1850). The opposite sentiment is expressed by familiarity breeds contempt.
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

conspicuous by its absence

Also, conspicuous by one's absence. Glaringly obvious by the fact of not being there. For example, One agenda item concerning publicity is conspicuous by its absence, or The bride's father was conspicuous by his absence. The idea is ancient; it was expressed by the Roman writer Tacitus, concerning the absence of Junia's brother and husband at her funeral procession. [Mid-1800s]
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by its absence

Very obvious through nonattendance. This oxymoron, which goes back to ancient Rome, applies to people or objects that attracted attention because they were expected to be present but weren't. An example would be a close relative who either wasn't invited or chose not to attend a family function. Some literary commentators contend that the phrase has become a cliché, but it's now used so rarely, you may—although at your peril—claim its wit to be your own.
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References in classic literature ?
I think Cassandra can explain matters better in my absence," he said, and left the room, Mr.
Darya Alexandrovna, in her best gray silk gown, obviously worried about the children, who were to have their dinner by themselves in the nursery, and by her husband's absence, was not equal to the task of making the party mix without him.
But whether that meant a long or a short absence it was difficult to say.
There was an absence of the usual hilarity which struck me.
On his return he asked the parrot what had happened during his absence, and the parrot told him some things which made him scold his wife.
Disdain hath power to kill, and patience dies Slain by suspicion, be it false or true; And deadly is the force of jealousy; Long absence makes of life a dreary void; No hope of happiness can give repose To him that ever fears to be forgot; And death, inevitable, waits in hall.
I was preoccupied by the absence of the Captain during our sitting of the day before, and hoping to see him to-day.
The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous.
For a thing whose presence or absence makes no visible difference, is not an organic part of the whole.
I wish you to obtain for me, from Monsieur Dessessart, leave of absence for fifteen days.
He had made them spacious {126} and fair to see, with a free run for the pigs all round them; he had built them during his master's absence, of stones which he had gathered out of the ground, without saying anything to Penelope or Laertes, and he had fenced them on top with thorn bushes.
In the absence of these defects states that have power enough to keep an army in the field cannot be lost.
Wickham were returned, and to lament over his absence from the Netherfield ball.
During his absence we faithfully complied with his Desire and after the most mature Deliberation, at length agreed that the best thing we could do was to leave the House; of which we every moment expected the officers of Justice to take possession.
To Fanny's mind, Edmund's absence was really, in its cause and its tendency, a relief.