Spiriting away


Also found in: Idioms.
(Law) causing to leave; the offense of inducing a witness to leave a jurisdiction so as to evade process requiring attendance at trial.

See also: Spirit

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The affairs of this debtor were perplexed by a partnership, of which he knew no more than that he had invested money in it; by legal matters of assignment and settlement, conveyance here and conveyance there, suspicion of unlawful preference of creditors in this direction, and of mysterious spiriting away of property in that; and as nobody on the face of the earth could be more incapable of explaining any single item in the heap of confusion than the debtor himself, nothing comprehensible could be made of his case.
An 18-month inquiry examined claims by human rights group Liberty that ''extraordinary rendition'' flights chartered by the US government landed in the UK before spiriting away terror suspects.
Today's terrorism scare is a moral panic--just like the 1950s fear of "creeping communism;' the 1960s reaction against rock and roll, the 1970s belief that cultists were spiriting away our children, the 1980s anxiety that no child was safe in a daycare center, and the 1990s fear that violent video games were inaugurating a youth crime epidemic.