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sink into oblivion

1. To become lost to obscurity; to not be known or remembered by anyone. The poet sank into oblivion after the war, only coming back into public awareness after an archive of his works was discovered in the basement of an abandoned warehouse in East Germany. He held a rather cynical view of parenthood, believing that people only had children to avoid sinking into oblivion.
2. To enter into total unconsciousness. The last thing I remember was the doctor asking me to count to ten before the general anesthetic took effect and I sank into oblivion. He was so utterly exhausted that he sank into oblivion the moment my head hit the pillow.
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sink into oblivion

Fig. to fade into obscurity. She may be famous now, but in no time she will sink into oblivion. In his final years, Wally Wilson sank into oblivion and just faded away.
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The heart of the club is being ripped out before it sinks into oblivion. Bring back my club to what it was.
Gogol gets us almost there, and it is not for nothing that, among Aue's randomly violent final acts, he bites the Fuhrer's "bulbous nose" during a freakish scene in the bunker as the Nazi world sinks into oblivion. Thoughts of Gogol's masterfully bizarre story The Nose, with its disembodied title hero, attack our imaginations--we are getting closer!
MY little son and I were watching the emotional scenes on Coronation Street in which a demented Mike Baldwin sinks into oblivion. Suddenly my boy burst out: "It's a shame he's got that 'auld timer's' disease".
While Hear'Say sinks into oblivion, these five are riding high.
They sail off as the stranded pirate ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, slowly tips, floods, and sinks into oblivion.