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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.
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They also have no idea of the number of illegal immigrants that have disappeared into the woodwork.
People who were friends when we were a couple disappeared into the woodwork.
In addition, 300,000 of the so-called asylum seekers who have been deported have disappeared into the woodwork. If even one per cent of these are terrorists, it's going to present us with a serious problem.
Ahmad Qurei, (Abu Ala'a) and Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) until recently, "heirs" to Arafat's reign, have all but disappeared into the woodwork.
It seems he disappeared into the woodwork. I think that poem is so good the author deserves credit.
They served in largely charitable roles under big city mayors; eventually, even the VISTA program disappeared into the woodwork of the status quo.