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 instead of making himself scarce Ricardo Dudley hung around in the area and after a chase across gardens was tasered by police.
"While Bernie was pounding on his office door The Catt was making himself scarce in his car.
And the 25- year old miner who found it was making himself scarce.
Instead, he merely settles down to full-time TV watching and junkfood eating, making himself scarce when the spouse is at home.
I was taking the full brunt because Martin-bloody-BMW has been making himself scarce since Jude started talking about more babies.
Come tomorrow evening Goochie could be making himself scarce around the Essex dressing-room if Knight has turned out to be the Bears' match-winner!
The opposition has been asking where the President has gone after making himself scarce the past few days, even skipping the Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park in Manila.
He said he knew the police were looking for him and instead of making himself scarce had voluntarily gone to the police station.
That's the difference between a committed Evertonian and someone who is known at Goodison only for making himself scarce.