conspicuous by (one's) absence

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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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*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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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.
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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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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 leader of the house was conspicuous by his absence in the in-camera session.
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The 31-year-old made an impressive impact as an 88th-minute substitute in the last-16 clash against Colombia on Tuesday but was conspicuous by his absence from the five spotkick takers.
O'Rourke was conspicuous by his absence in the dock last week, but both defence solicitor Mark Lutton and the procurator fiscal confirmed O'Rourke had kept his nose clean during the period of deferment.
IANS Gandhinagar Miffed at being given"light-weight"portfolios, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was on Friday conspicuous by his absence in his office even as all the newly-anointed Cabinet colleagues took charge of their respective ministries allotted to them by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the new BJP government in Gujarat.
'Since then, she has managed to sideline her cousin Hamza Shehbaz, long considered a potential standard-bearer, who is now conspicuous by his absence from rallies and party meetings,' the article adds.
RAY Egan, AKA John Bull, has been conspicuous by his absence in the Birmingham Mail for quite a time (Mail, January 4).
Or as Chas recently put it, "We all know who the bird is, but who the hell is the bee?" Cain is conspicuous by his absence while Debbie is more preoccupied with her messy love life and when the opportunity to get Ross alone later presents itself, she positively pounces on him.
Chaudhry Nisar did not attend the reception held in honour of Chinese president in Noor Khan stadium but he remained conspicuous by his absence from bilateral talks, agreements signing ceremonies, inauguration of projects and dinner hosted in Prime Minister House.
Tory MP Kris Hopkins has visited "no more than a handful" of pubs and has been "conspicuous by his absence at several high profile industry events", says trade mag The Publican's Morning Advertiser.
Liverpool's first-team coach was conspicuous by his absence at Selhurst Park on Monday night with under-21s coach Alex Inglethorpe drafted in to assist Brendan Rodgers and Colin Pascoe.
The Ross County boss refused to confirm or deny the striker - conspicuous by his absence at Tynecastle at the weekend - had disappeared for 10 days without permission.
INDIA Blue captain Yuvraj Singh was conspicuous by his absence from the first game of the N.
TEAM TOTTENHAM HEARTS 0 0 Tottenham win 5-0 on aggregate LUKA MODRIC was conspicuous by his absence but new loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor watched from the White Hart Lane stands as Tottenham took their place in the group stage of the Europa League.
Regal Parade 2.00 Newcastle SP forecast 13-8 The one horse conspicuous by his absence in last Saturday's Golden Jubilee.