Definition of black something out in English:

black something out

phrasal verb

  • 1Extinguish all lights or completely cover windows, especially for protection against an air attack.

    ‘the bombers began to come nightly and the city was blacked out’
    ‘a stretch limo with blacked-out windows’
    • ‘Inside the windows are blacked out; the destination unknown.’
    • ‘By then, the windows had been blacked out and the doors were sealed.’
    • ‘She did not have to worry about someone seeing the lights from outside because the windows were blacked out.’
    • ‘‘I walked in and the lights had been blacked out,’ he says.’
    • ‘I don't know why but it was not blacked out so you could see in the compartment.’
    • ‘The floodlights will be switched on for afternoon games and the dressing-room windows will be blacked out as his team launch a desperate attempt to avoid relegation.’
    • ‘The boats were blacked out and you weren't allowed to shine a light.’
    • ‘The police could not confirm the number of attackers involved because the getaway vehicle's windows were blacked out.’
    • ‘The windows have been blacked out and in place of the flimsy trade-show stands we have modular screens, creating the feeling of separate rooms.’
    • ‘Its rear windows have been blacked out and the rear box is higher than the cab, which is of normal car size.’
    darken, make dark, make darker, shade, turn off the lights in
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    1. 1.1 Subject a place to an electricity failure.
      ‘Chicago was blacked out yesterday after a freak flood’
      • ‘Utilities refused to disclose which areas were blacked out, but the effects were obvious - traffic lights went out for a second day across the San Francisco Bay area.’
      • ‘His readers learnt that when gigantic portraits of Stalin were illuminated by electricity entire apartment blocks were blacked out.’
      • ‘Just by sheer luck the uniforms had been ironed minutes before the house was blacked out.’
      • ‘Your house is blacked out too; your mom says trees are falling in the streets and she doesn't want you driving.’
      • ‘Then all the lights went out and the building was blacked out.’
      • ‘It was so dark the whole of the city was blacked out, and the only light was from the fire.’
      • ‘Both compartments were blacked out from 1600 h until 0800 h each day so that plants in the two compartments received a similar light integral.’
      • ‘At midnight, all the city is blacked out, but the giant bronze statue on Chanamsan Hill remains illuminated brilliantly with a spotlight.’
  • 2Obscure something completely so that it cannot be read or seen.

    ‘the number plate had been blacked out with masking tape’
    • ‘The website set up by the company is still online but the freephone number has been blacked out.’
    • ‘However, it was heavily redacted: nearly half of the report was blacked out.’
    • ‘We can only tell that the informant was a women because there's a 3 letter pronoun that's often mentioned and they black it out and of course if it's a 3 letter pronoun it's a she.’
    • ‘But their faces and names were blacked out on ABC stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.’
    • ‘Most of the report is blacked out, and the unclassified parts raise questions about the director without providing answers.’
    • ‘The fact that the names were blacked out, so that he could not immediately tell whose record he was reading, does not seem sufficient to justify allowing him to review the data and still call the study double-blind.’
    • ‘The mayor's office released several documents related to the lease, but the names and addresses of the city employees involved in the transactions were blacked out.’
    • ‘In fact, whole sections of these papers are blacked out.’
    • ‘His name evidently appears in the file because he died in 1987; the names of other informants or agents are blacked out.’
    • ‘The draft report on the wrongful detention of the resident can't be read in it's entirety because sections have been blacked out.’
    darken, make dark, make darker, shade, turn off the lights in
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    1. 2.1 (of a television company) decide not to broadcast a disputed or controversial programme.
      ‘they blacked out the women's final’
      • ‘Radio advertisements and a press release leading up to the event had declared the fight would be blacked out unless all seats were sold.’
      • ‘One web site apparently blocked commentary and a broadcast on the assault was blacked out.’
      • ‘Although a well-attended press conference took place with reporters from both the American and international press corps, it was blacked out by the US news media.’
      • ‘Local games were blacked out by the NFL at the time.’
      • ‘The NFL, meanwhile, is concerned that a user could send a copy of a game to someone in another time zone, where the game is blacked out.’
      censor, suppress, redact, withhold, cover up, hide, conceal, obscure, veil, draw a veil over, pull a veil over, hush up, sweep under the carpet, whitewash
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