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pull a vanishing act

To depart or go away very suddenly or without warning, especially so as to avoid doing or dealing with something. My roommate loves to throw parties here, but she always pulls a vanishing act the next day when everything needs to be cleaned up! Brian is nearly two weeks late finishing his sales report—that's why he's been pulling a vanishing act whenever the boss is around.
See also: act, pull, vanish

do a vanishing act

To depart or go away very suddenly or without warning, especially so as to avoid doing or dealing with something. My roommate loves to throw parties here, but she always does a vanishing act the next day when everything needs to be cleaned up! Brian is nearly two weeks late finishing his sales report—that's why he's been doing a vanishing act whenever the boss is around.
See also: act, vanish

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 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

vanish without (a) trace

1. To disappear without any indication to one's or something's whereabouts. Police have been searching for two weeks to find a young girl who vanished without trace from her home in Rochester. Authorities are puzzled by the navy submarine that seemingly vanished without a trace last Thursday.
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 pretty much vanished without a trace by the end of the millennium.
See also: trace, vanish, without

vanish into the woodwork

To recede or absent oneself from public view; to become or remain hidden in society. The former movie star, never one to vanish into the woodwork, launched a very successful chain of restaurants and eventually ran for public office in Washington state. I think people expected us to vanish into the woodwork after the referendum results, but we made sure to stay firmly in the eye of the public.
See also: vanish, woodwork

vanish away

to disappear. (The away is considered redundant.) The pizza vanished away in no time at all. The city lights vanished away as dawn broke.
See also: away, vanish

vanish from something

to disappear from something or some place. The money vanished from the desk drawer. My glasses have vanished from sight again.
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vanish into something

to disappear by going into something. All the deer vanished into the forest. Money seems to vanish into a black hole.
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vanish into thin air

Cliché to disappear without leaving a trace. My money gets spent so fast. It seems to vanish into thin air. When I came back, my car was gone. I had locked it, and it couldn't have vanished into thin air!
See also: air, thin, vanish

vanish

see under into thin air.

vanish into (or come or crawl out of) the woodwork

(of an unpleasant person or thing) disappear into (or emerge from) obscurity. informal
The implication here is that the people or things concerned are like cockroaches or other unpleasant creatures living in the crevices of skirting boards and cupboards.
See also: vanish, woodwork

do/perform/stage a disapˈpearing/ˈvanishing act

(informal) go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you: Ian always does a disappearing act when it’s time to wash the dishes.This refers to a magic trick done by a magician in which they make themselves or another person disappear.

disappear/vanish off the face of the ˈearth

disappear completely: Keep looking — they can’t just have vanished off the face of the earth.
See also: disappear, earth, face, of, off, vanish

sink, vanish, etc. without (a) ˈtrace

disappear completely: The boat sank without trace.Many pop stars sink without a trace. After five years no one can even remember their names.
See also: trace, without

vanish away

v.
To disappear gradually but completely: I had to wash the shirt five times before the grass stain vanished away.
See also: away, vanish
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The three children with the girl, including her younger sister, told police that they saw the head and tail of a crocodile "splash the surface" of the water near where she vanished moments earlier.
Pacific, Fiji) presents a scientifically rigorous account of the vanished islands and hidden continents in the Pacific Ocean, designed to be accessible to educated general readers.
While VANISHED GARDENS would be a likely pick for Pennsylvania libraries in general, it offers stories, histories of people and plants, and surveys of wider-ranging issues making it a powerful consideration of an urban area's evolving gardens.
I left the kitchen for about two minutes to put Christmas crackers on the table, and when I returned, the turkey and oven dish itwas in had vanished.
Matthew Grayson, 14, of Radcliffe Road, Golcar, who vanished on July 23 when he went for a haircut, was found in Warrington.
Scotland Yard passed on a report from an informant who said a photograph of the child on holiday in Portugal was taken and passed to a "purchaser" in Belgium days before she vanished, official case files have revealed.
POLICE have appealed for help in tracing a Staffordshire man who has vanished.
He surveys some words that are vanishing or have recently vanished from common use in both spoken and written English.
A number of women have either been killed or vanished in similar circumstances to Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol in East Anglia over the past 13 years.
As a boy, Mendelsohn sometimes brought tears to the eyes of his elderly relatives because he resembled the lost Shmiel, who vanished with his wife and four daughters.
But (with the exception of Interlagos, product of an ironic face-to-face between the Caravana Obscura and a row of campers in a depot outside Sao Paulo), the space is so vast that the vanishing points have themselves vanished and it is impossible to fix an angle of view.