disappear into the woodwork

disappear into the woodwork

To recede or absent oneself from public view; to become or remain hidden in society. The former movie star, never one to disappear into the woodwork, launched a very successful chain of restaurants and eventually ran for public office in Washington state. I think people expected us to disappear into the woodwork after the referendum results, but we made sure to stay firmly in the eye of the public.
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I did not want to disappear into the woodwork and stop speaking for the disenfranchised.
Mid-July and we are deep into 'the silly season', a glorious two months when we tend to get a break from the woes of the world and politicians in particular disappear into the woodwork and give us all a break.
Yet when something serious and tragic occurs, like the sad death of a three-month-old baby, they all seem to disappear into the woodwork.
The wine cooler, sink, dishwasher, stove, oven and microwave are all finished in black and stainless steel, but refrigerator and freezer doors are paneled in maple to match the cabinetry and ultimately disappear into the woodwork.
Nearly everybody we talked to told us that Welsh people assimilate, they disappear into the woodwork -- they don't wave the flag.
So what if our age of computer accessibility makes it exponentially harder for someone to disappear into the woodwork of society, particularly if one is prone to the sort of do-gooderism that becomes small-town newspaper stories (which Gerard could find today on the Internet)?