sink without trace

sink without (a) trace

1. To quickly and thoroughly fail. The new smartphone was meant to revolutionize the industry, but it sank without trace after its commercial release. After his initial breakout success, the prominent director's follow-up film sank without a trace.
2. To be forgotten about by the population as a whole, especially after being very popular. The digital pets fad took the world by storm in the late 1990s, but sank without trace by the end of the millennium.
See also: sink, trace, without

sink without trace

1 disappear and not be seen or heard of again. 2 fail abjectly.
2 2003 Down Democrat Recently Paul Linehan's team sank without trace in the NCU Senior Cup, crushed by Division Two visitors Carrickfergus.
See also: sink, trace, without
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Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright and Moeen Ali, at the top of the order, must pick up the gauntlet or they will sink without trace as they did in Sri Lanka two years ago.
The visitors, following a desperate start to the campaign, have now taken 14 points from their last six unbeaten matches while Lido are starting to sink without trace.
Here's hoping that he does the sensible thing - lets this barmy notion sink without trace.
THE monsoon conditions that have brought flooding and widespread disruption to large swathes of Britain continue to hit the racing programme, with Sedgefield, Fontwell and Wetherby the latest meetings to sink without trace.
The boat is an important piece of military and naval history and should not be allowed to just sink without trace - but it's proved impossible to raise her.
Leave them to their own devices and they sink without trace.
Let's hope Northern Ireland's golfing greats don't sink without trace.
With just one win from 14 games they are firmly plugged in the dreaded relegation zone but are determined not to sink without trace.
If I had my way I would let the banks sink without trace but this would hurt many savers and members of the public.
2 and the Ady Gil, which caused the protest boat to break in two and sink without trace.
They are right to be worried, since the NHS is one political issue which has the ability to galvanise voter opinion and sink without trace the hopes of political parties.
European train manufacturers are feeding on it like sharks while British jobs are chumming the waters as 250 years of history is about to sink without trace.
It urges Hume to break off contact with Gerry Adams, leaving Sinn Fein to sink without trace.
But as Simon Cowell's uber flop Food Glorious Food continues to sink without trace it's turning into an inept tragedy of errors.
A LIVERPOOL diving club fears it and other community groups could sink without trace after a university decided to close its swimming pool.