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be conspicuous by (one's) absence

To be noticeably missing from something. You're the loudest one in the class, so of course you're conspicuous by your absence!
See also: absence, conspicuous

absence makes the heart grow fonder

A separation causes one to feel even more positive about the absent person or thing. We'll see if absence makes the heart grow fonder after our time apart. I really started to miss school over winter break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I guess.
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

conspicuous by (one's) absence

Noticeably missing from something. You're the loudest one in the class, so of course you're conspicuous by your absence!
See also: absence, conspicuous

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Prov. You will like someone or something better if that person or thing is far away. Ever since Carla's boyfriend moved away, she can't stop thinking about him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

*conspicuous by one's absence

Cliché noticeably absent (from an event). (*Typically: be ~; made ~.) How could the bride's father miss the wedding? He was certainly conspicuous by his absence.
See also: absence, conspicuous

in the absence of someone or something

while someone or something isn't here; without someone or something. In the absence of the cook, I'll prepare dinner. In the absence of opposition, she won easily.
See also: absence, of

leave of absence

a period of time away from one's job, with the employer's permission. Mr. Takaguchi is on leave of absence because he is going back to school. His leave of absence is expected to end next month.
See also: absence, leave, of

absence makes the heart grow fonder

Separation intensifies love, as in After a year in another country she accepted his proposal, so I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder , or, used ironically, The boss leaves earlier every day; oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Although versions of this saying date from Roman times, it only became popular after Thomas Haynes Bayly used it as the last line of a song in The Isle of Beauty (1850). The opposite sentiment is expressed by familiarity breeds contempt.
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

conspicuous by its absence

Also, conspicuous by one's absence. Glaringly obvious by the fact of not being there. For example, One agenda item concerning publicity is conspicuous by its absence, or The bride's father was conspicuous by his absence. The idea is ancient; it was expressed by the Roman writer Tacitus, concerning the absence of Junia's brother and husband at her funeral procession. [Mid-1800s]
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by your/its absence

If someone or something is conspicuous by their absence, people notice that they are not there. He played no part in the game and was conspicuous by his absence at the post-match celebrations. Mathematics and science were conspicuous by their absence at the university.
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by your absence

obviously not present in a place where you should be.
This phrase was coined by Lord John Russell in a speech made in 1859 . He acknowledged as his source for the idea a passage in Tacitus describing a procession of images at a funeral: the fact that those of Cassius and Brutus were absent attracted a great deal of attention.
See also: absence, conspicuous

ˌabsence makes the heart grow ˈfonder

(saying) used to say that when you are away from somebody that you love, you love them even more OPPOSITE: out of sight, out of mind
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

leave of ˈabsence

(formal) permission to be away from work for a particular period of time: Several of my colleagues have had leave of absence to go on training courses.
See also: absence, leave, of

conˌspicuous by your ˈabsence

not present in a situation or place, when it is obvious that you should be there: When it came to cleaning up afterwards, Anne was conspicuous by her absence.
See also: absence, conspicuous

conspicuous by its absence

Very obvious through nonattendance. This oxymoron, which goes back to ancient Rome, applies to people or objects that attracted attention because they were expected to be present but weren't. An example would be a close relative who either wasn't invited or chose not to attend a family function. Some literary commentators contend that the phrase has become a cliché, but it's now used so rarely, you may—although at your peril—claim its wit to be your own.
See also: absence, conspicuous
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Senator Emmanuel 'Manny' Pacquiao attended only one session at the House of Representatives as representative of Sarangani with a total of 22 absences during the third and final regular session of the 16th Congress, records of the chamber showed.
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For this reason, the issue of sickness absence is one that government, employers and other stakeholders have put considerable effort into tackling over the past decade.
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