disappear into thin air

disappear into thin air

To vanish completely and without a trace. I would give you my stapler, but it seems to have disappeared into thin air.
See also: air, disappear, thin

disappear, etc. into thin ˈair

disappear, etc. suddenly and in a mysterious way: The money vanished into thin air. Nobody knows what happened to it.
See also: air, thin
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Men do not disappear into thin air," he growled, "and if E-Med be not found soon O-Tar himself may take a hand in this.
The magicians at the Philippine Congress can make an entire airport disappear into thin air.
Believe it or not, the moment those words left my lips, any craving I had would disappear into thin air.
Not only can the beast fly but it also has the ability to disappear into thin air.
Air vehicles delivering critical supplies to ground troops could soon simply disappear into thin air after dropping their payload, reducing troops' environmental footprint.
Why when the police did take you off for a chat, did you disappear into thin air the very next day?
At the same time, during several public meetings, shareholders and bondholders who were duped into buying BOCY securities by the previous management but saw their savings disappear into thin air, have expressed their frustration, often with violence, storming the bank's headquarters on two previous occasions, demanding some form of restitution.
Many modern-day illusionists are happy to make a rabbit jump out of a hat or a bird disappear into thin air.
To have one's precious descendants disappear into thin air, as it were, made the outbursts understandable.
There's an army of six-hitters who love making the ball disappear into thin air.
Liu was presiding over one of the greatest thefts in Chinese history, which saw billions of pounds disappear into thin air.
A PAIR of Post Officef clerks r who made PS34,000 of customers' deposits disappear into thin air avoided being sent to jail.
With a little training from a friendly wizard (more of that in Tuesday's Culture mag, free with The Journal) and a lot of practice, Fred T can now make balls disappear into thin air.
While first impressions and superficial effects disappear into thin air, resolute and insistent behavior on the part of the visitor who sets aside time to really try and see things more deeply is rewarded.
I know a lot of people, Bahrainis and expats, who refer to the "camel and dhow" service, and joke about the propensity for mail to just disappear into thin air, never to be seen by the intended recipient.