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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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To its credit, the Comelec has disqualified Ang Galing Pinoy for the 2013 polls, on the grounds that it has supposedly done nothing for the sector it represented while it sat in Congress (a qualification, one might add, that if strictly imposed, would obliterate not only most party-list groups, but also a large swath of congressmen distinguished only for their middling work, perennial absenteeism and penchant for disappearing into the woodwork once elected to their seats).
But, far from disappearing into the woodwork with their tails between their legs, many appear to lap up their new status as a laughing stock and subject of sneering abuse.
Its tactics of stirring up hatred, provoking violence and disappearing into the woodwork before claiming this proved their point is as old as Oswald Mosley's blackshirts.