One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was absent from work’
away, off, out, not present, non-attending, truant
not working, not at work, off duty, on holiday, on leave
gone, missing, lacking, unavailable, non-existent
British informal bunking off, skiving
NZ Australian informal wagging
2‘his eyes had an absent, dreaming look’
distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait, absent-minded
daydreaming, dreamy, dreaming, far away, somewhere else, musing, wool-gathering, with one's head in the clouds, in a world of one's own, lost in thought, in a brown study
blank, empty, vacant, vacuous
informal miles away, not with us
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