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Don?t vanish into thin air

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 13, 2005

In Reply to: Don?t vanish into thin air posted by Rahul on July 13, 2005

: I did not understand the meaning of "Don?t vanish into thin air".

: Please tell me.
: Regards - Rahul

The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has this: "Thin ... b. transf. and fig. Wanting body or substance; unsubstantial; intangible. Also in phr. to vanish (melt, etc.) into thin air: to disappear completely from sight or existence (formerly only of spirits). ... [early citations:]
1610 SHAKES. Temp. IV. i. 150 These our actors..were all Spirits, and Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre. 1671 MILTON P.R. I. 499 Satan bowing low His gray dissimulation, disappear'd Into thin air diffus'd." SS