pull a vanishing act

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pull a vanishing act

To depart or go away very suddenly or without warning, especially so as to avoid doing or dealing with something. My roommate loves to throw parties here, but she always pulls a vanishing act the next day when everything needs to be cleaned up! Brian is nearly two weeks late finishing his sales report—that's why he's been pulling a vanishing act whenever the boss is around.
See also: act, pull, vanish
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Box-office watchers noted a 59 percent drop from Thanksgiving weekend less than a month into its run, and they wrote that the film was pulling a vanishing act.