Obviously not present where one or it should be: ratepayers grumbled that the police were conspicuous by their absence
[from a speech made by Lord John Russell in an address to electors (1859): taken from Tacitus (Annals iii. 76)]
More example sentences
- At Edinburgh University, he was conspicuous by his absence at lectures and ever present in student politics.
- The father, whose death opens the film (I got the distinct impression it was suicide), and appears, alive in only two scenes, makes his presence conspicuous by his absence.
- There is a tide of interest in investing and I think that certainly next year the stockbrokers will be conspicuous by their absence.
Definition of conspicuous by one's absence in:
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