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.
See also: disappear, trace, without
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"I am sure the public would like to know anxiously how somebody who is sentenced as a dangerous offender, and has made his way through the prison system to what is known as an open prison, is able to disappear without trace.
He added: 'Children will be doomed to this fate as long as the citizens continued to disappear without trace and perpetrators of the crime were not brought to justice.'
While Les Bleus will arrive as unbeaten title contenders, Wales know they have to win or see hopes of landing a third successive Six Nations crown effectively disappear without trace. Jones and company have also got to do it on the back of a 26-3 thumping by Ireland in Dublin last time out, which was Wales' heaviest Six Nations defeat since 2006.
But having a family member disappear without trace must be the worst thing in the world.
The warnings are sent in the form of messages to social networking sites to ensure that people do not disappear without trace.
The pressure is on Wales to deliver - otherwise their Six Nations title hopes will disappear without trace following last weekend's 30-17 Twickenham defeat.
"They will just disappear without trace like a Mafia victim.
The girl and her shapeshifting daemon Pantalaimon (voiced by Freddie Highmore) soon find themselves embroiled in mystery when two pals disappear without trace.
He is also making a further pounds 3.5m available for this folly to pour down the drains, congratulations Rhodri Glyn on your mystical skills in both finding a phenomenally huge pot of available public money and your magical skills in making it all disappear without trace.
A legal loophole had allowed these convicted sex offenders to disappear without trace.
Basketballs, tricycles and even pets, which foolishly stray close to the Nebbercracker front lawn, disappear without trace. DJ is convinced that the dilapidated house is possessed, but his rotund best friend Chowder mocks such a farfetched idea...
Karl Brookes, an Energywatch spokesman, said: "Based on what consumers tell us, it appears Scottish Power take the Bermuda Triangle solution to billing - consumer complaints, meter readings, payments and pleas for a bill all go in, but disappear without trace.
George, 47, added his family are baffled as to how the gran could simply disappear without trace in such a built-up area.
Beattie, who cost pounds 6 million from Southampton in the January transfer window, has been told by boss David Moyes that he must prove himself to Everton's fans and players - or disappear without trace.
"I would not like to see clubs like Swansea and Pontypridd disappear without trace," said Escott.