make (oneself) scarce

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make (oneself) scarce

To leave, hide, or make oneself less visible, typically to avoid something. Lisa's fuming about your text message, so you better make yourself scarce until she calms down. Why is it that when there are chores to do, the kids somehow know to make themselves scarce?
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make oneself scarce

Fig. [for someone] to become difficult to find; [for someone to] go into hiding. Tom is mad and is looking for you. Better make yourself scarce. Make yourself scarce! Here comes the sheriff.
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make oneself scarce

Depart quickly, go away, as in The children saw Mrs. Frost coming and made themselves scarce. This idiom applies scarce in the sense of "seldom seen" to removing one's presence. [c. 1800]
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make yourself scarce

surreptitiously disappear; keep out of the way. informal
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ˌmake yourself ˈscarce

(informal) leave the place you are in in order to avoid an embarrassing or difficult situation: I could see they wanted to be alone, so I made myself scarce.
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make oneself scarce

tv. to leave; to be in a place less frequently; to be less in evidence. Here come the boys in blue. I’d better make myself scarce.
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make (oneself) scarce

Informal
1. To stay away; be absent or elusive.
2. To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
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Doctor Matt cancels a date with tina again, so even though tyrone has asked her to make herself scarce, she joins a romantic dinner with him and new love Kirsty.
If you believe they need calling to order, talk to them calmly but firmly, outside your children's hearing, after asking your wife if she wants to make herself scarce or back you up.
For the next few weekends, while the arm heals, maybe your partner could make herself scarce.
She's expected to make herself scarce soon after she drops off Bea.
However, she finds herself softening toward doting dad Dev, and takes advantage of his euphoria to make herself scarce before planning her permanent departure from Weatherfield.
Why not ask your girlfriend to make herself scarce so you can have a proper heart-to-heart with them?