Out of sight, out of mind

Idiom

Out of sight, out of mind

Definition

The idiom ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ refers to the tendency of people to forget things that they cannot see or that are not present in their immediate environment.

Examples

If I don’t see my old friends for a while, I’m afraid they will be out of sight, out of mind,

My ex-boyfriend keeps calling me, but I try to tell him that out of sight, out of mind.

Origin

It is believed to have originated in the 16th century from a Latin proverb, ‘absentia oblivio est’ which translates to ‘absence is oblivion’.

FAQs

Q1

What does ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ mean?

A1

It means that people are more likely to forget something if they don’t see it or it isn’t present in their immediate environment.