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do a disappearing act

To vanish from sight or flee suddenly from a place. My kids always do a disappearing act when I tell them it's time for their chores. The three of us did a disappearing act, heading for the Mexican border so we could leave this all behind us.
See also: act, disappear

pull a disappearing act

To depart or go away very suddenly or without warning, especially so as to avoid doing something. My roommate loves to throw parties here, but she always pulls a disappearing act the next day when everything needs to be cleaned up! Brian is nearly two weeks late finishing his sales report—that's why he's been pulling a disappearing act whenever the boss is around.
See also: act, disappear, pull

disappear from (something)

1. To become no longer visible. I watched Jill's car drive away until it disappeared from view.
2. To become missing from some place, as if having been removed or become lost (usually to someone's surprise or confusion). I would give you my stapler, but it seems to have disappeared from my desk. That poor little girl disappeared from that school back in the '80s and was never found.
See also: disappear

disappear into thin air

To vanish completely and without a trace. I would give you my stapler, but it seems to have disappeared into thin air.
See also: air, disappear, thin

disappear off the face of the earth

To vanish completely and without a trace. Has anyone talked to Christina lately? It's like she disappeared off the face of the earth.
See also: disappear, earth, face, of, off

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

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.
See also: disappear, woodwork

disappear from something

to vanish from something or some place, especially from sight, view, or the face of the earth; to have been taken away from something. Jack disappeared all of a sudden last week, as if from the face of the earth. The car pulled away and disappeared from sight down the road.
See also: disappear

do a disappearing act

Vanish, as in As soon as the teacher came outside, Mary did a disappearing act. This expression describes a sudden disappearance as if by magic and presumably alludes to a magician's performance. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
See also: act, disappear

do a disappearing act

go away without being seen to go, especially when someone is looking for you.
The suggestion here is that the person has vanished as completely and inexplicably as things vanish in a magician's act.
See also: act, disappear

do/perform/stage a disapˈpearing/ˈvanishing act

(informal) go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you: Ian always does a disappearing act when it’s time to wash the dishes.This refers to a magic trick done by a magician in which they make themselves or another person disappear.

disappear/vanish off the face of the ˈearth

disappear completely: Keep looking — they can’t just have vanished off the face of the earth.
See also: disappear, earth, face, of, off, vanish

disappear, etc. into thin ˈair

disappear, etc. suddenly and in a mysterious way: The money vanished into thin air. Nobody knows what happened to it.
See also: air, thin

do a disappearing act

Informal
To vanish.
See also: act, disappear
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'The UN stands ready to continue supporting the government of Sri Lanka in the fulfilment of this commitment,' Singer said in her statement to mark the International Day of Enforced Disappearances on Friday.
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was observed across the world on Aug 30 with Pakistan yet to implement different recommendations put forward by the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) after its visit to the country in 2012.
Summary: New York [US], Aug 31 (ANI): To highlight the issue of enforced disappearances in Sindh, Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan by the state agencies, World Sindhi Congress (WSC) organised an event in New York on International day for enforced disappearances.
The UN was encouraged by Sri Lanka's ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in 2016 and particularly by the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons in 2017.
Therefore, the UN was encouraged by Sri Lanka's ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in 2016 and particularly by the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons in 2017.
WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (KUNA) -- The US marked Friday the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, saying the practice of enforced disappearance is unconscionable, and regimes that use this practice "are proving they are weak and fragile." State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that "authoritarian regimes often disappear advocates for freedom and human rights, journalists, political opposition, and others to silence the voices of those who challenge their authority or express dissent, and as a tool of oppression." In too many places around the world, said Ortagus, enforced disappearances occur regularly at the hands of authoritarian regimes.
It is time that Malaysia ratifies the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED), its Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said today.
BAGHDAD (NINA) - Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Alice Walpole said the families of the victims of enforced disappearance deserve to know the truth.
As we observe International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expresses solidarity with all victims of enforced disappearance the world over.
Islamabad -- Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered police to complete investigation within two weeks in case pertaining to disappearance of lawyer and former vice president of Multan Bar from Islamabad.
Efforts by Connecticut police to locate a (https://www.ibtimes.com/ex-husband-missing-connecticut-mother-claims-disappearance-was-staged-gone-girl-2802751) missing mother of five have not been fruitful thus far, and the accusation by her ex-husband that she staged her disappearance added an extra wrinkle to the whole case.
DHR Pakistan Chairperson Amina Masood Janjua while justifying the need for this proposed law said that the history of enforced disappearance in Pakistan dates back to the time of Musharraf regime when thousands of innocent people were snatched away from their families.
The protesters are demanding that missing persons be immediately released and legal action be taken against the personnel responsible for their disappearance.
The desperate mother appealed for government help saying the disappearance has caused her high blood pressure and diabetes.
de Lima has urged the families of victims of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings to allow their sufferings to become a driving force that would strengthen their fight for justice that has escaped them for years.