make (oneself) scarce

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make (oneself) scarce

To leave, hide, or make oneself less visible, typically to avoid something. Lisa's fuming about your text message, so you better make yourself scarce until she calms down. Why is it that when there are chores to do, the kids somehow know to make themselves scarce?
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make oneself scarce

Fig. [for someone] to become difficult to find; [for someone to] go into hiding. Tom is mad and is looking for you. Better make yourself scarce. Make yourself scarce! Here comes the sheriff.
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make oneself scarce

Depart quickly, go away, as in The children saw Mrs. Frost coming and made themselves scarce. This idiom applies scarce in the sense of "seldom seen" to removing one's presence. [c. 1800]
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make yourself scarce

surreptitiously disappear; keep out of the way. informal
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ˌmake yourself ˈscarce

(informal) leave the place you are in in order to avoid an embarrassing or difficult situation: I could see they wanted to be alone, so I made myself scarce.
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make oneself scarce

tv. to leave; to be in a place less frequently; to be less in evidence. Here come the boys in blue. I’d better make myself scarce.
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make (oneself) scarce

Informal
1. To stay away; be absent or elusive.
2. To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
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But when they returned to the flat Kerr made herself scarce and blade thugs Craig Dalton, 33, and Matthew Harrison, 23, turned up and stabbed him repeatedly with a machete and knife all over his body nearly severing his thumb as he screamed for his life.
In the show, Peggy made the tough decision to leave Walford after realising that Phil - played by Steve McFadden - would only sort his life out if she made herself scarce.
cleaned up quickly after dinner and made herself scarce, safe from a
Little did they expect that Ms Kidd would regard this as a private visit to the races, and having briefly introduced herself to the other judges - including those eminently qualified experts from The Timesand Racing Post, Messrs Lee and Wright - she poked her head round the corner of a marquee to pass judgement, and made herself scarce.
Maria made herself scarce and I hit something with my mallet.
There could be another reason the broker has made herself scarce.
The school's most visible representative made herself scarce.
And there was the unmissable odour of triumphalism mixed with adrenalin in the room before Serena made herself scarce.