make oneself scarce

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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