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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, by, 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.
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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!
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leave of absence

A period of time spent away from one's job or duty with the express permission of one's employer, supervisor, etc. They let him take a leave of absence to care for his mother after her car accident. She's taking a leave of absence to finish her master's degree.
See also: absence, leave, of

in the absence of (someone or something)

Because someone or something is not available or present. You're a better cook than I am—what can we substitute in the absence of butter? In the absence of our secretary, who will log the minutes?
See also: absence, of

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.
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*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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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, by, 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.
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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.
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absence makes the heart grow fonder

A separation enhances love. This counterpart of familiarity breeds contempt first appeared in an anthology of poems published in 1602 (it was the first line of an anonymous poem), but it was more or less ignored until it reappeared in 1850 as the last line of a song, “The Isle of Beauty,” by T. Haynes Bayly. Within the next half-century it was used so much that by 1900 it was a threadbare cliché. “You’re a dedicated swallower of fascism You’re an accident waiting to happen.” —Billy Bragg
See also: absence, grow, heart, make

conspicuous by one's (its) absence

Noticeable by the very fact of not being there. The idea was expressed very early on by the Roman historian Tacitus, in recording the absence of Junia’s brother, Brutus, and her husband, Cassius, at her funeral procession. The phrase became popular in the nineteenth century, and continued to be applied often to political matters, such as the absence of certain provisions in a law, or the absence of political leaders on certain important occasions.
See also: absence, by, 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.
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The pupils must still expect to use free hours, holidays and other times outside of school hours for traffic education, even though we can now exempt part of the traffic education from the absence limit, says Sanner.
Scholars of various artistic genres explore the manifold forms and historical functions of absences, predominantly on the level (or in chains) of signifiers rather than on the level of the signified.
Helen Dickinson, the council's assistant chief executive, said that the rising absence figures was one of the issues that the new health and wellbeing board has been established to look at.
Since the financial crash, sickness absence rates have declined by 0.5 percentage points to 1.9% in 2017.
When one of these occasions arises, a student's parent/guardian must notify the school stating the reason for the absence. It then becomes the student's obligation to notify each teacher concerning the upcoming absence.
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.
A survey of almost 350 companies employing 90,000 workers found that employers were struggling to tackle mental health issues, which were leading to increases in long-term absence.
Effective 6 February 2015, James will be granted a leave of absence from the board for a period of time not to exceed six months for personal reasons, added the company.
In a recent case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), the judge had to consider the fairness of an illhealth capability dismissal involving disability-related absence.
e EEF manufacturers' organisation said that while sickness absence levels have reached a record low of 2.1 per cent - around ve days a year per employee - the situation has now "plateaued".
SICKNESS absence accounted for 131 million days in the UK in 2013, a fall of more than a quarter from 10 years ago when the total was 178 million, according to ocial statistics.
WHEN the sun shines (if we're lucky!) some employees may be conspicuous in their absence and will have decided to just stay at home.
When the sun shines (if we're lucky) some employees may be conspicuous in their absence and will have decided to just stay at home.
Absence among local authority employees, including teachers, was up by around seven per cent in 2012-13.
One in nine pupils in Middlesbrough is at risk of becoming persistent absentees, missing between 22 and 45 half-day sessions, it has been revealed in statistics published in the Department for Education's Pupil Absence - Autumn Term 2012 review.