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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

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.
See also: vanish

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 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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a vanishingly small fraction of the speed of light.
However, the odds of every person in a group being intimate with other members of the group become rapidly vanishingly small as the group size grows.
Even though some of the bikes seem to have been capable of being started on the Devon beach, the chance of seeing any of them legally on the roads is vanishingly small.
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The result is that the population of "technically-trained" (an expression that is considered synonymous with "scientifically-trained") people in the Muslim world is progressively swelling up while the young intelligentsia is shrinking vanishingly.
That opinion depends on evidence that the loss of heartbeat was long enough to ensure that the "probability of return of circulatory function is vanishingly small.
While I did not proofread exhaustively, I can note that errors are vanishingly few (one lost footnote reference on page 361).
Each time a geometrical change is encountered the liquid is accelerated or decelerated over a vanishingly short timescale.
She said: "The dangers of not vaccinating vastly out-weigh the vanishingly small risk of a person contracting vCJD from this oral vaccine.
But findings reported today in the journal Nature imply that the window of time between the end of the lethal meteor bombardment of the young Earth and the beginning of life may have been vanishingly short.
Since only a vanishingly small minority seriously propose en, forcing anti-sodomy statutes against heterosexuals, it can be assumed that the consequences of sodomy - that it frustrates procreation and possibly increases the chance of acquiring AIDS - are the concern of the parties involved, not the state.
In effect, analytical detection and quantification levels are becoming vanishingly small and, some believe, absurdly low.
The taste for high Modernism has gone underground, and the number of people one meets who are capable of seeing abstract art, or who would even claim to have experienced conviction in the face of new work of any sort, feels vanishingly small.
Nevertheless, the vanishingly small size of viruses places unusual demands on any prospective barrier material.
With regards to safety, all clinical trials to date demonstrate that BiovaxID vaccination is highly safe and poses a nearly vanishingly small toxicity risk relative to approved anti-lymphoma agents.