absent (oneself) from

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absent (oneself) from

To leave a place, often to avoid something. If my ex-boyfriend does come, I'm going to absent myself from the party.
See also: absent
References in classic literature ?
In truth, we have a little wonder why you should so rigidly absent yourself from a place where the gratitude of the daughters might receive the support of a parent's thanks.
But absent yourself from the family home in a running vest, Lycra or, even better, on a bike, and your hobby is transformed from selfish to saintly and from self-indulgence to self-improvement.
In the part of the world where I come from, 'leaving' means you take yourself and whatever else you have and absent yourself from the area.
What could be plainer than: "Do not absent yourself from your own assembly, as some have done" (Hebrews 10:25, Jerusalem Bible).