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
See also: disappear, trace, without
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Raleigh sends a second group of 109 settlers in 1582, but they disappear without a trace.
But the tell-tale signs of its TV origins remain - short scenes, dramatic close-ups, episodic plot threads and seemingly prominent characters that disappear without a trace.
Infiltrate high-security strongholds (including CIA headquarters), neutralize anyone who opposes mission goals (from hackers to special forces soldiers), seize critical intelligence, destroy threatening data and equipment, and disappear without a trace.
With any luck, ``15 Minutes'' will defy Andy Warhol's prophecy and disappear without a trace.
After the trio disappear without a trace, their footage is unearthed one year later, revealing a terrifying account of the events which marked their final days.
When Lilly's husband, Alan (David Rasche), and Dan's wife, Rowena (Gail O'Grady), confront the philanderers, the old flames do what they feel is right: disappear without a trace.