disappear without (a) trace

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disappear without (a) trace

1. To disappear without any indication to one's or something's whereabouts. Police have been searching for two weeks to find a young girl who disappeared without trace from her home in Rochester. Authorities are puzzled by the navy submarine that seemingly disappeared without a trace last Thursday.
2. To be forgotten about by the population as a whole, especially after being very popular. The digital pets fad took the world by storm in the late 1990s, but disappeared without a trace after a few years.
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Raleigh sends a second group of 109 settlers in 1582, but they disappear without a trace.
At the end of Beloved, although one boy describes seeing "cutting through the woods, a naked woman with fish for hair" (267), the character of Beloved is finally said to disappear without a trace: "By and by all trace is gone" (275; my emphasis).
These companies can disappear without a trace," says Congressman Jose Manuel Nunez, explaining why his party has proposed a law to make these companies harder to establish.