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go AWOL

To go missing suddenly and without warning. "AWOL" is an acronym for "absent without leave." It is originally a military phrase for one who leaves their post or duties without permission but without intention to desert. The printer from the third floor has gone AWOL—does anyone know where it went? Jerry went AWOL after a few drinks. None of us even knew he had left until half an hour later.
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go AWOL

to become absent without leave. (Originally military.) Private Smith went AWOL last Wednesday. Now he's in a military prison. Tom went AWOL and finally we had to fire him.
See also: AWOL, go
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go ˈAWOL

go missing without permission or explanation: He’s gone AWOL.The guitarist suddenly went AWOL in the middle of the tour.
This expression is used in the armed forces when someone has left their group without permission. It stands for Absent WithOut Leave.
See also: AWOL, go
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He also lies about his whereabouts and goes AWOL, leaving me feeling like I'm losing my mind.
While babysitting his grandson, Gerry becomes convinced that only he holds the key to the investigation and goes Awol to uncover the truth.
The conceit of the movie, shot on video, is that when he gets axed by Ball, Taylor is being profiled by a London-based TV crew, and that instead of looking for another writing job, he goes AWOL to Las Vegas, where he to the shock and awe of the documentarians--pursues his dream to become a Vegas show dancer.
So when her folks King Huldebrand and Queen Rodehesia try to marry her off to some stuffy prince, she goes AWOL (that's Absent With Out Leave--as in, she slides down a vine from her castle turret and takes off into the forest).
However, when he is called back to the front line, he goes AWOL, travelling to Washington in search of support to fight the decision.
Boss Allan Moore told the full-back that if he goes AWOL again he'll be booted out of the club.