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]
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- do a double take,
- do a job on,
- do an about-face,
- do any good,
- do as i say
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