do a disappearing act

Vanish, as in As soon as the teacher came outside, Mary did a disappearing act. This expression describes a sudden disappearance as if by magic and presumably alludes to a magician's performance. [Colloquial; early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. dniester,
  2. dnp,
  3. dnr,
  4. dns,
  5. do,
  6. do a double take,
  7. do a job on,
  8. do an about-face,
  9. do any good,
  10. do as i say

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