blank out

blank out
verb
1. be unable to remember
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I'm drawing a blank

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You are blocking the name of your first wife!

Syn: ↑forget, ↑block, ↑draw a blank
Ant: ↑remember (for: ↑forget)
Derivationally related forms: ↑block (for: ↑block)
Hyponyms: ↑slip, ↑slip one's mind
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑block)
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Somebody ——s somebody

(for: ↑block)
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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑block)
2. cut out, as for political reasons
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several line in the report were blanked out

Hypernyms: ↑edit, ↑redact
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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blank out [phrasal verb]
blank out (something) or blank (something) out
1 : to completely hide or cover (something)

They blanked out [=blacked out] parts of the document before making it public.

2 a : to cause (something) to be forgotten

The injury blanked out parts of his memory.

2 b : to completely forget (something)

She has blanked out [=blocked out] what happened that night.

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Main Entry:blank

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ˌblank ˈout derived
to suddenly become empty

The screen blanked out.

Main entry:blankderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • blank — [blaŋk] adj. [ME < OFr blanc, white < Frank * blank, white, gleaming, akin to OE blanca, white steed < IE * bhleg , to shine: see BLACK] 1. Obs. colorless or white 2. a) not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty [a blank sheet of …   English World dictionary

  • blank — blank1 [ blæŋk ] adjective ** 1. ) showing no emotion or no sign of understanding something or recognizing someone: His eyes were blank and he barely responded to us. a blank look/expression/face 2. ) blank paper or a blank space is empty and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blank — blank1 S3 [blæŋk] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: blanc; BLANCH] 1.) without any writing, print, or recorded sound ▪ Leave the last page blank . ▪ a blank cassette 2.) a blank face or look shows no emotion, understanding, or interest… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blank — blankness, n. /blangk/, adj., blanker, blankest, n., v. adj. 1. (of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paper. 2. not filled in, as a printed form: a blank check. 3. unrelieved or unbroken… …   Universalium

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