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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 no longer be visible. I watched Jill's car drive away until it disappeared from view.
2. To have been removed from something (usually to someone's surprise or confusion). I would give you my stapler, but it seems to have disappeared from my desk.
See also: disappear

disappear into thin air

To vanish. 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 and be very difficult to find again. 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 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

To vanish.
See also: act, disappear
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It has been mismanaged and it is now on the verge of disappearing altogether--it is the socio-economic fabric of small town Northern Ontario.
Because of disappearing wetlands, the use of pesticides, and changes in groundwater flow, some dragonfly species are threatened with extinction.
Dad sets out to uncover the mystery and find out what has happened to the family's Christmas dessert in Sherlock Jones and the Disappearing Christmas Pudding.
In the 1955 regulations, the IRS went on to clarify further the treatment of disappearing basis in redemptions involving related parties and the Sec.
It usually disappears by the time a child is five but, before it does, it may enlarge, growing darker or lighter, before gradually disappearing.
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Other scientists have demonstrated this disappearing act, called "hole burning," but with thousands to millions of molecules at the same time.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together on a broad range of activities to promote Disappearing Inc.
In the Blessed Kateri's case, the Vatican found that her disappearing scars had occurred beyond medical explanation.
The bivalve die-off came at about the same time as coral reefs were disappearing, notes Ward, who suspects that global climate change played a role in these early deaths.