Definition of disappearing act in English:

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disappearing act

noun

informal
An instance of someone being impossible to find, especially when they are required to face something unpleasant: I don’t want you doing a disappearing act on me
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  • He is rarely seen around Labour's new campaign headquarters - and last week, when the government's credibility was again in question, Brown pulled off another one of his disappearing acts, leaving his Cabinet colleagues to fight it out.
  • After the high-profile withdrawals of Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and David Howell, all injured, the last thing this rather beleaguered event needed was more disappearing acts.
  • Nobody is questioning he is a quality player, but he has done a couple of disappearing acts in the past.

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