conspicuous by its absence

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 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, 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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but with one key accolade conspicuous by its absence - a Blue Flag Award.
The December 2011 dog made a stunning eight-bend debut in a trial stakes for the 714m event at Crayford last month and had been quoted as low as 8-1 by the sponsor from an opening 50-1 only for his name to be conspicuous by its absence from the entries.
Comment of the Day PS20 IN this so-called Christian country of ours - conspicuous by its absence under an avalanche of greed and selfishness - the true meaning of Christmas is buried.
But while there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
THE Government has been very conspicuous by its absence in either not condemning or condoning the hefty energy price rises.
However, one of the topics which seemed conspicuous by its absence, was that regarding paedophile priests.
Yet, Chester's participation in the 410-2010 events is conspicuous by its absence.
The study said: "A 'safety culture' was conspicuous by its absence from respondents' discourses of their prescribing errors, the reported culture of their working environments and the reported actions of other doctors.
As for the great American nation, the so-called leader of the free world, their lead on this is conspicuous by its absence.
Not Sir Stuart Rose, whose Live at the Improv-style stand-up routine failed to garner many laughs from stony-faced shareholders; no, conspicuous by its absence was Mark the Shark, the aquatic PR bio-weapon.
However, one subject was conspicuous by its absence.
Yet it is conspicuous by its absence on Radio Wales.
However, when the newcomer arrives, later this year, the estate version will be conspicuous by its absence.
Eriksson's name was conspicuous by its absence from the statement, only fuelling speculation that his job is on the line, which the FA were made aware of before it was posted on their website.
But it seems, apart from advice on public health websites, such clarity has been conspicuous by its absence.