hide nor hair

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hide nor hair (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A trace, indication, or evidence, especially of a person.
    He retired last June, and his coworkers have seen neither hide nor hair of him since.
    • 1885, Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, ch. 41,
      Not a one of us could catch hide nor hair nor sight nor sound of them.
    • 1982, Richard Schickel, "Flesh and Flash" (review of Cat People), Time, 5 Apr.,
      No rational explanation for her lamentable condition is advanced, neither hide nor hair of a leopard is ever spotted, and certainly no scene in which woman literally turns into cat, or vice versa, is ever played.

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  • Usually used in negative grammatical constructions to describe the complete absence of someone or something.

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