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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

make (oneself) scarce

Informal
1. To stay away; be absent or elusive.
2. To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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So, when I saw them coming down the driveway with a carload of children - my classmates included - I made myself scarce. Out of the back door, into the garden, and up among the leaves of my favourite tree, my trusty paperback companion in hand.
I made myself scarce, took the long-winded route in going to the Inquirer and on the way home, and didn't go to places I usually hung out after work.
As Colonel Colcombe addressed the "troops, I tried to do what I did for the rest of the evening: and made myself scarce. Following a warning not to foul up with the cutlery, Colcombe handed over to senior chef Ben Ternent, who ran through the special Valentine's dinner menu, just PS25 for three courses.
"I should have made myself scarce or gone to the toilet, to avoid going first."
But she started attacking me so I made myself scarce.
I had always liked him and felt jealous of my friend but not enough to come between them so, from then on, I made myself scarce when he was around.