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I went away. :(

I came back. :)

I went away. :(

I came back. :)

I went away. :(

I came back. :)

I went away. :(

I came back. :)

I went away. :(

I came back. :)

Hint

It's a Rebus.

EDIT-

This ISN'T a lateral thinking problem or a riddle. Also the Smile emoticons hold significance. It's a phrase, that's why tagged under rebus.

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure it's a rebus? coz rebus tag says "A wordplay puzzle that involves trying to figure out a word or phrase from an image that gives clues to parts of the word or phrase."... and I see no image. $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Mar 9, 2016 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ @manshu A rebus need not be an IMAGE but even a formation of words in such a way that it can give a meaningful phrase. $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 9, 2016 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia says that it's detecting a message from a picture. You should consider using the wordplay tag that people usually use for puzzles that are based on only words written. $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Mar 9, 2016 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu Alright. I have added the tag. Thanks and keep coming back :) $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ I can't help but think of this animation: imgur.com/7RPqFJK $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Mar 9, 2016 at 22:28

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Since it keeps coming back with smiles, here's another guess:

Many happy returns.


Previous attempt:

Based on the emoti(c)ons and movements, how about

Come and go as you please.

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  • $\begingroup$ try again.. smile emoticons are a giveaway $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Prashant Ok, How's the new guess? $\endgroup$
    – Lawrence
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ Bull's Eye. That's perfect ;) $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:53
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Based on the brackets that make up the smiley / frowny faces:

A sine wave: Sine wave diagram

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  • $\begingroup$ It is a phrase.. But nice try $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ I'll give you a nice try >:-( ... oh wait I did XD!!!! $\endgroup$
    – Daedric
    Mar 10, 2016 at 8:24
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In a parallel universe it could be:

A "tennis" game.

I see:

"10 eyes" going back and forth. 10 Is on the left and 10 (pairs of) eyes on the right.

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    $\begingroup$ It may be the correct answer in a parallel universe.. Not in ours :) $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ This one is really creative. $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2016 at 18:19
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Or could be a

boomerang

maybe?

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  • $\begingroup$ nope.. A phrase $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:23
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I think the answer is

FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE IS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION

Reason

I went away and I came back are actions. And for all those action there is a reaction (expression can also be considered as reaction) in the form of a smilie which are equal and opposite (sad and happy)

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    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 7:01
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To me it suggests

A Yoyo. It keeps going away and coming back on opposite sides of the string. Of course the string isn't usually curved. Maybe he's doing some kind of trick.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope! But I like your answer. $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:28
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To my eyes...

The smiley-faces [now turn your head sideways...] could be depicting 2 people (the 2 dots) jumping on a trampoline (the smile).

Sad = the 2 jumping up and away from the trampoline,
Smiley = 2 landing (coming back down) to the trampoline.

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  • $\begingroup$ This answer makes the most sense to me. $\endgroup$ Mar 10, 2016 at 0:29
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Is it a:

Blinking SIgN?

Because:

It goes away and comes back and the smiley faces and frownie faces make a SIN wave

If so:

it may be a lateral thinking problem as well. Or dare I say vertical... ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ It's Not a riddle.. A rebus to get a phrase out of it ;) $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:26
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This is not the intended answer...confirmed by OP

It can be something about

Buses or trains that leaves the station and comes back. Maybe that's its a rebus.

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  • $\begingroup$ The smile emoticons are a giveaway.. I'm looking for a phrase. $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 10, 2016 at 6:27

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