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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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References in classic literature ?
"D'Artagnan is right," said Athos; "here are our three leaves of absence which came from Monsieur de Treville, and here are three hundred pistoles which came from I don't know where.
If anyone wishes to stop us, I will show Monsieur de Treville's letter, and you will show your leaves of absence. If we are attacked, we will defend ourselves; if we are tried, we will stoutly maintain that we were only anxious to dip ourselves a certain number of times in the sea.
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.
SICKNESS absences caused by stress and mental health issues have risen sharply at Newcastle City Council, it has been revealed.
London luton airport require a 24/7 absence management system which can log employee absence and produce reports which provide details of these absences, identify trigger points and patterns in absence and have the ability to promptly notify the employees line manager.
In certain extreme situations, the school will notify the parent/guardian that continual absences will not be excused until a statement is presented from a qualified physician testifying to the fact that the student cannot attend classes.
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.
Districts spend over $25 billion annually on teacher absences, and consistent absences negatively impact student achievement, past studies have shown.
The employee in this case suffered from abdominal adhesions which caused a number of absences. The employer took steps to implement reasonable adjustments in order to meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010; such adjustments including allowing extra breaks and time off to attend appointments.
In Flaking out: student absences and snow Days as Disruptions of instructional time (NBER Working Paper No.
The proportion of absences due to unauthorised family holidays doubled from 1.4% of all absences in 2012/13 to 2.8% in 2013/14.
e Absence in the Labour Market report from the Oce for National Statistics (ONS) for last year concluded that minor illnesses remained the most common reason given for sickness absence, accounting for 30 per cent of absences, or 27.4 million days lost.
Always ask why the absence has happened and after a number of absences it may be appropriate to question why the absences are still occurring.
However, Dr Charlotte Jones, chair of the GP Committee in Wales, disagreed, arguing that sickness absences in the NHS were down to increased stress.
THE number of pupil absences in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland are amongst the highest in the country, according to new figures.