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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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There had been a period of repose, and he had sunk into oblivion. He had completely forgotten what was going on now.
I know likewise, that writers of travels, like dictionary-makers, are sunk into oblivion by the weight and bulk of those who come last, and therefore lie uppermost.
At length he recollected the whole hideous scene at the stake, and finally recalled the strange white figure in whose arms he had sunk into oblivion.
Zulifqar Ali Bhutto whose judicial murder would have been sunk into oblivion by the people, had it been the murder of a person alone.
The book brings to life the voices of people who have long since sunk into oblivion and events shrouded in time and almost forgotten that nevertheless influence our present.
In addition, trade and procurement companies in the markets have sunk into oblivion. And it was they who laid for the winter tens and hundreds of tons of agricultural products in the storage facilities available in the markets.
What former French president Francois Mitterand said in his last speech before the European Parliament-'Le nationalisme c'est la guerre!'-seem to have sunk into oblivion.
Not too long ago, they were a prime tourist attraction in the Syrian capital but many closed down and sunk into oblivion because of the spiralling violence after 2011.
"The reality is there was just a series of unsolved murders and they would have sunk into oblivion many years ago, but for a reporter called Thomas Bulling," said Marriott.
Summary: nlike other segments of the Lebanese economy which have seen a rebound in recent months, Beirut stocks have sunk into oblivion as the market struggles to remain on the investment map of even domestic investors.
Such races have sunk into oblivion in favour of a myriad of 56-70 and 0-55 handicaps.
Labour has been kept afloat for as long as I can remember by the people of the North-east, without their votes Labour would have sunk into oblivion.
The dancers were pictured in 1979 to launch a new non-alcoholic drink - Madison - which seems to have sunk into oblivion.
The recently closed port of Cardenas--once one of Cuba's key sugar ports--has sunk into oblivion with the dismantling of the sugar industry that during the late 19th and throughout most of the 20th century formed the backbone of the local economy.