not see someone for dust
not see (one) for dust
To not see one because they have suddenly disappeared or quickly departed. If I won the lottery, you would not see me for dust! After Greg got that big job offer, we did not see him for dust.
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not see someone for dustBRITISH
If you can't see someone for dust, they have left somewhere very quickly. Come the dawn, I couldn't see him for dust. Once I've saved enough money, you won't see me for dust. Note: The image here is of someone galloping away on a horse, so that all you see is the cloud of dust kicked up by the horse's feet.
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not see someone for dustfind that a person has made a hasty departure.
1978 Patricia Grace Mutuwhenua You didn't see this Maori for dust…Out the door, on the bike, and away.
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