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conspicuous by (one's)/its absence

Especially noticeable because of being missing or absent (from something). You're the loudest one in the class, so of course you're conspicuous by your absence! The governor's economic stimulus plan was conspicuous by its absence during his speech this afternoon.
See also: absence, by, conspicuous
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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.
See also: absence, by, conspicuous
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: absence, by, conspicuous
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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.
See also: absence, by, conspicuous
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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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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.
See also: absence, by, conspicuous
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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KARACHI -- The cotton market remained devoid of activity as leading textile spinners were conspicuous by their absence on Thursday.
Saints wasted a hatful of chances in labouring to a goalless draw with Swansea on the south coast, where Virgil van Dijk and Gylfi Sigurdsson were conspicuous by their absence.
His preferred friends in France, Germany, Italy and Spain were conspicuous by their absence.
Conspicuous by their absence from what was a major city event were Coun Ann Lucas, Coun Kevin Maton and all the other councillors on a mission to turn Coventry into a sport-free zone by scrapping the West Midlands' only 50m pool.
The MYR2.5bn bond issue was oversubscribed 2.44 times, although foreign buyers were conspicuous by their absence. The Wall Street Journal reports that domestic pension funds and insurers were the leading buyers.
They recognise Rupert's financial contribution and know how important he is to the Tour, so it's disappointing some of our top homegrown players are conspicuous by their absence.
According to The Independent, the BBC Match of the Day broadcaster complained that Man U were conspicuous by their absence from women's football since 2005, despite the major commitment to the fame game made by some of the Old Trafford club's biggest Premier League rivals.
While there's been plenty of action on the field, scandals have been conspicuous by their absence in IPL 6.
Conspicuous by their absence were visible minority women ordinands to the priesthood In the Anglican Church of Canada.
Mackem fans are often conspicuous by their absence, it is one thing they are famous for!
Vale's defenders were conspicuous by their absence and further anxious moments followed as the visitors sensed the game was there for the taking.
Perhaps partly as a result of that, big-name handlers are conspicuous by their absence and canine quality is somewhat thin on the ground as well, although Colin Redden's ANFI GEM adds a touch of class to proceedings when he goes in the 10.13 over 640m.
Conspicuous by their absence was a quartet of players who worked under Robinson at Edinburgh prior to his appointment as Scotland head coach last summer.
The chaos in the kitchen certainly isn't caused by an over-supply of customers who are conspicuous by their absence.
When we faced the barrage of negativity last year, some of these people were conspicuous by their absence.