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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They made themselves scarce when the going got tough.
Previous incumbent Presidents had made themselves scarce as well, for periods shrouded in secrecy.
The group quickly made themselves scarce as Che leaves the stage.
GAZA, July 12 : The Israeli military's "pinpoint strikes" on houses in Gaza have killed whole families and children but few of the wanted men they are meant to target because they have long made themselves scarce, Palestinian residents say.
She's been visited by ghosts in the tub and has seen them through her windows - although they've made themselves scarce ever since her husband frightened them off.
The hostage-takers have made themselves scarce," Taala, a division superintendent of the education ministry on the largely lawless southern island of Mindanao, said.
As with any riotous teenage house party, those who know the real secrets have made themselves scarce.
Meanwhile, Singh and Kumar, the two " negotiators" settled for Jharkhand by BJP president Nitin Gadkari before he departed for his Europe sojourn, made themselves scarce.
I didn't understand why people made themselves scarce when a call came in for him.
Those unfortunate two guards are among the "dummies" of the title, since we learn that the "activists" excuse themselves by saying that the guards should have made themselves scarce.
The ladies made themselves scarce, one young man with a degree in sociology sat down to watch with a bottle of Smirnoff Ice.
Now he and his sponsor, Bin Laden, have made themselves scarce.
After a skirmish lasting only two or three minutes the Polish fans made themselves scarce.
With water temperatures in some places off the coast of Los Angeles hitting as high as 72 degrees - about four degrees above normal - standard bait fish such as anchovies that favor cold water have made themselves scarce.