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all but

1. Everything or everyone, with the exclusion of. All but the freshmen were invited to the party. We sold all but the curtains in that estate sale. I know I made an announcement about it yesterday if all but you two showed up in the right uniform today.
2. Nearly. Public pay phones have all but disappeared in most major cities. The remnants of this ancient civilization have all but vanished. My interest in this project is all but gone after working on it for four years.
See also: all, but

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 from the face of the earth

To vanish completely and without a trace. Has anyone talked to Christina lately? It's like she disappeared from the face of the earth. They used to have a really cool app, but it seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth.
See also: disappear, earth, face, of

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 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 as 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

disappearing act

A quick or sudden departure without warning, especially so as to avoid 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! My kids always do a disappearing act when I tell them it's time for their chores.
See also: act, disappear

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

all but

Almost, nearly, as in I've all but finished the book. This expression was used by Andrew Marvell in "Thoughts in a Garden": " Society is all but rude, To this delicious solitude." [Late 1500s]
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.

ˈall but


1 almost: The snow all but covered the path, making it difficult to walk.The patient was all but dead when the doctor arrived.
2 all (the people or things mentioned) except...: ‘Have you done your homework?’ ‘Yes, all but the last two questions.’
See also: all, but

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

all but

Nearly; almost: all but crying with relief.
See also: all, but

do a disappearing act

Informal
To vanish.
See also: act, disappear
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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For an instant, without an exclamation, without a cry for help, Athos tried to sustain himself on the surface of the waters, but the weight dragged him down; he disappeared by degrees; soon nothing was to be seen except his long, floating hair; then both men disappeared and the bubbling of the water, which, in its turn, was soon effaced, alone indicated the spot where these two had sunk.
We've a small army looking for the fellow, but it does seem as though he had disappeared off the face of the earth.
Then I stopped once more, for the crawling multitude of crabs had disappeared, and the red beach, save for its livid green liverworts and lichens, seemed lifeless.
Then all his suspicions were confirmed; the road by which the carriage had disappeared encircled the forest.
Soon the waves of the bay disappeared behind a bend of rising ground, and the Floridan "champagne" alone offered itself to view.
At length these denizens of the swamps disappeared in their turn; smaller trees became thinly scattered among less dense thickets-- a few isolated groups detached in the midst of endless plains over which ranged herds of startled deer.
The lodgers had disappeared very quickly--Ferdishenko soon after the events at Nastasia Philipovna's, while the prince went to Moscow, as we know.
Just as the light of the settling sun had disappeared, and a new moon had begun to throw its shadows on the earth, the fisher-men took their departure, in a boat, for a point that was situated on the western shore of the lake, at the distance of rather more than half a mile from the village.
Elizabeth watched the motion of the batteau as it pulled from the shore, letting loose its rope as it went, but it soon disappeared in the darkness, when the ear was her only guide to its evolutions.
Baquba / NINA /- A military source in Diyala announced that 13 accounts supporting ISIS on Twitter have been disappeared mysteriously during the past few days.
About fifteen years earlier, things started vanishing: the narrator begins, "I sometimes wonder what was disappeared first--among all the things that have vanished from the island."
ISLAMABAD -- Scores of men and women associated with Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Monday staged a sit-in protest at Partap Park in Srinagar demanding justice for the disappeared family members in occupied Kashmir.
Summary: Last November, Parliament took a long-awaited step toward resolving questions about the fate of thousands of Lebanese citizens who were abducted or forcibly disappeared during the Civil War at the hands of local armed groups and foreign powers, including Israel and Syria.
[10/April/2019] SANAA, April 10 (Saba) - A Japanese F-35A fighter jet crashed off the northeast coast of the country after it disappeared from the radar.
The OMP said it is committed to assisting the implementation of this proposal and expanding the reach of this program to enable the thousands of families of the disappeared and missing to access this relief.