Definition of blank in English:

blank

adjective

  • 1(of a surface or background) unrelieved by decorative or other features; bare, empty, or plain:

    ‘a blank wall’
    ‘the screen went blank’
    • ‘He thought as he was staring at the shockingly blank white walls.’
    • ‘This is the equivalent of a cultural vacuum, a blank canvas, an empty stage.’
    • ‘See your own aura by standing about three feet in front of a mirror with a blank wall behind you.’
    • ‘I got myself some food and drinks and sat on the couch-bed staring at a blank plasma flat screen TV.’
    • ‘The photograph facing the title page says it all - it simply shows a wall, blank but for an empty picture hook.’
    • ‘I have turned away from him and am concentrating on the very blank, very white wall in front of me.’
    • ‘The room seem pretty bare, blank walls, holding that nasty lonely chill inside.’
    • ‘I found another microwave that had a completely blank front, with the buttons hidden inside the door.’
    • ‘Do you sometimes spend hours staring at a blank wall?’
    • ‘On one side there was the blank wall of the back of a shopping centre.’
    • ‘He would roam the streets looking for nice blank surfaces to paint the letter of the day on.’
    • ‘The blank background beautifully reflects the tonal differences, conjuring up the stark light of the Mediterranean and the murky tones of America.’
    • ‘Police fear the vandals will view clean walls as a blank canvas.’
    • ‘It features blank walls and a recliner placed in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘Only one structure blotted the blank landscape.’
    • ‘He was an empty vessel, a blank template waiting to be completed.’
    • ‘I wanted to do something interesting with the top of the case, which is currently just a blank surface.’
    • ‘In both photographs the inanimate face is shown in three-quarter profile facing right against a blank background.’
    • ‘It's a surprising journey to get from this blank surface to the finished thing, and it isn't a straight line.’
    • ‘His essay offers an intriguing interpretation of a Tudor portrait featuring five enigmatically blank panels.’
    empty, unfilled, unmarked, unwritten on, unused, clear, free, bare, clean, plain, spotless, white
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    1. 1.1 Not written or printed on:
      ‘a blank sheet of paper’
      • ‘First thing I did was to sit down with a blank sheet of paper and write up a ‘wish list’ of all the things I'd like to have in the campaign.’
      • ‘The agent flipped the paper over only to find that it was a blank sheet of paper.’
      • ‘The police brought him in, gave him a blank sheet to write down what he did the day before, and then released him.’
      • ‘Seira pulled out a pencil and some sheets of blank manuscript paper.’
      • ‘She set the pencil to a blank sheet of paper and began to draw.’
      • ‘Teddy grabbed the crayons and a sheet of blank paper and began to write and colour.’
      • ‘We had to run out and buy a blank book for her to record daydreams and nightdreams, and she's been at it for a week now.’
      • ‘On it he put a sheet of blank paper and a packet of crayons before he pulled over a chair.’
      • ‘Sighing, I took out a blank sheet of scrap paper and started brainstorming.’
      • ‘The four-page statement was printed on blank paper.’
      • ‘His boss set him to cutting and pasting blank sheets of profile paper into strips of varying dimensions for later use in the field.’
      • ‘When his first son, William, was born, Darwin took an old notebook and began to record his development in its blank pages.’
      • ‘Staring confused at the blank envelope I moved to my kitchen counter.’
      • ‘He went into his room and pulled out a blank sheet of paper and pen and he began to write a reply letter.’
      • ‘Slip a sheet of blank paper or an entire magazine into the baggie.’
      • ‘I wrote my name on a blank sheet of notebook paper, and tried to push it into the shredder, but I couldn't quite line the paper up with the feed.’
      • ‘He wrote his first outlines in longhand on large blank sheets of paper.’
      • ‘I start with a blank sheet of paper and I just write a sentence.’
      • ‘One national daily yesterday featured a blank front page, explaining below that it had been reserved for a victory picture that never came.’
      • ‘The professor said he found an empty notebook, with blank pages which the poet had never found time to write on.’
      empty, unfilled, unmarked, unwritten on, unused, clear, free, bare, clean, plain, spotless, white
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    2. 1.2 (of a document) with spaces left for a signature or details:
      ‘blank tax-return forms’
      • ‘Instead, he turned and replaced the invoice with his blank warrant, quickly copying over the address.’
      • ‘Since 1990, there have been over 19,050 blank passports that have been stolen from Belgium.’
      • ‘When the scoresheet is blank and the incident at a premium, the search is for statistics.’
      • ‘Since last year, more than 15,000 blank passports have been stolen in France.’
      • ‘Student participation was voluntary - students who did not participate were advised to return a blank questionnaire.’
      • ‘Another employee had a spreadsheet she was certain was corrupted because it came up completely blank when opened.’
      • ‘She questioned the authenticity of the contracts the two fighters signed, saying that one alleged he was forced to sign a blank contract.’
      • ‘She had gotten back to the blank document she had started earlier.’
      • ‘First, it will be recalled that errors made by customers when completing blank bank giro credit forms led to unacceptable delays in payments being made.’
      • ‘They also found blank visa forms for several countries.’
      • ‘The speaker's statement indicated that there was evidence that some members provided signed blank warrants to the travel agents.’
      • ‘This word processor starts up in about three seconds on a decent system and takes about 5MB of memory for a blank document.’
      • ‘They have no names, their birth certificates are blank.’
      • ‘Young men were beaten and tortured while in police custody, then forced to sign blank depositions.’
      • ‘I had him just sign a blank loan document and that's all it took to drag him in.’
      • ‘If participants did not experience anything unusual, they were instructed to simply return the blank questionnaire.’
      • ‘He pulled out the drawer of his desk and got out a blank American passport.’
      • ‘How trusted are the people who handle the blank documents, or the databases those documents are tied into?’
      • ‘At first she assumed he was coding data, but finally caught him completing blank questionnaires.’
      • ‘Many travel documents in the existing Interpol database are blank passports stolen from consulates around the world.’
    3. 1.3 (of a tape) with nothing recorded on it:
      ‘blank cassettes’
      • ‘Applying a levy on blank tapes, MiniDiscs, CD-Rs and the like, and to the hardware that writes data to them, will be resisted.’
      • ‘I record my favourite songs onto blank tapes to play in the car and I normally do them by mood or genre.’
      • ‘It turned out that the tape was blank and had not been used to record the conversation.’
      • ‘He caught up with me later in the afternoon and pressed a blank tape into my hand and bashfully asked if I could make him a copy of it.’
      • ‘That was when we discovered that the video code hadn't worked and the tape was blank.’
      • ‘In kindergarten, each student brings a blank videotape to school which is then used in succeeding years to record the interviews.’
      • ‘Contestants are asked to bring along a blank tape on the night of registration so that a copy can be made of the song chosen.’
      • ‘Each student will get a blank tape and video recorder.’
      • ‘My colleague rewinds the tape to find it is blank; the recorder failed.’
      • ‘Like CDR, blank DVD-R discs are recorded in a DVD-R drive that is controlled by a host computer.’
      • ‘The recordings are available and there are several minutes of blank tape at the end of each side.’
      • ‘To do this you will need a microphone, a tape recorder or CD recorder, and blank tapes or CD's.’
      • ‘It records on more types of blank disks than the others, but its built-in TV tuner is mono, not stereo.’
      • ‘No more scrambling to find a blank tape when you unexpectedly come across an interesting programme that's just starting - simply hit record.’
      • ‘Before I went out of the car, I made sure that the recorder had a blank tape inside or else my project would be in jeopardy.’
      • ‘By the early 1970s, we were voraciously recording music onto blank cassettes: LPs, concerts, tunes from the radio.’
      • ‘Ensure you have a digital video camera with a fully charged battery and plenty of blank tapes.’
      • ‘There was also a blank tape, just in case you felt like making use of the hotel's video recording service.’
      • ‘I missed a bunch of it - I had to take a phone call, and couldn't find a blank tape for the VCR.’
      • ‘When they took the stage a few hours later, they were armed with a tape recorder and a stack of blank cassettes.’
  • 2Showing a lack of comprehension or reaction:

    ‘we were met by blank looks’
    • ‘He arranged his terror-struck features into a blank mask.’
    • ‘She spoke softly, her features carefully blank.’
    • ‘The image of her empty eyes and blank face was burnt into his memory.’
    • ‘Now at that point, faces just sort of go blank, people are dumbfounded.’
    • ‘I was met with a stiff child, no answering or responsive hug, no acknowledgement and a blank stare into space.’
    • ‘Her first reaction was a blank look at the receptionist.’
    • ‘I tried my best to give them a blank look and express confusion at the stated declaration, but it was hopeless.’
    • ‘She just stared at the floor with a blank look on her face as the president spoke up.’
    • ‘Some stared back, a blank, empty stare that chilled to the bone.’
    • ‘He waited to see her reaction, but only got a blank stare in return, so he continued his explanation.’
    • ‘Her face was blank; its lack of expression scared him.’
    • ‘When she arranged a time for me to go into the radio station and record the interview I expected to be greeted with blank looks.’
    • ‘The actual reactions run the gamut from blank stares to gently-furrowed brows.’
    • ‘He looks momentarily confused, his face going blank until it hardens.’
    • ‘His face is blank but his eyes are full of hatred, confusion and fear.’
    • ‘She watched the pair intently, impeccable mastery of her emotions leaving her features completely blank.’
    • ‘For a second his dad just stood there with no expression at all, his eyes were blank and empty.’
    • ‘He looked dazed and confused with a blank stare on his face.’
    • ‘She decided to go straight to the point when she noticed my blank and confused expression.’
    • ‘All I could offer him was a blank stare, emerald eyes clouded with confusion and apprehension.’
    expressionless, empty, vacant, deadpan, wooden, stony, impassive, inanimate, poker-faced, vacuous, glazed, fixed, lifeless, uninterested, emotionless, unresponsive, inscrutable
    baffled, nonplussed, mystified, stumped, at a loss, stuck, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused, ignorant, lost, muddled, uncomprehending, befuddled, fuddled, addled, at sixes and sevens, confused
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    1. 2.1 Temporarily having no knowledge or understanding:
      ‘her mind went blank’
      • ‘This caught her off guard, then her mind went temporarily blank.’
      • ‘Slight anger stirred inside my temporarily blank mind, what about me?’
      • ‘She sighed, enjoying the absolutely blank state of her mind at the moment.’
      • ‘While, it's neither advisable nor possible to stop thinking, try practicing keeping the mind blank or empty, even for some fleeting seconds.’
      • ‘Sit in the lotus position on the floor and let your mind go blank. repeat these words.’
      • ‘Now with a blank mind she has nothing left to type.’
      • ‘My mind went completely blank as the words ran through my head.’
      • ‘I'll sit there, trying so hard to think of something to say but it isn't even a matter of willing myself to say it, my mind is blank.’
      • ‘My brain remained stubbornly blank and I was forced to stalk back into the house without getting in a final shot.’
      • ‘About 5 minutes after they leave for their conference, the food will arrive. The waiter looks at you questioningly, and your mind goes blank.’
      • ‘If you ask someone in attendance to recount these scenes you're likely to get a blank response and a claim of a lack of memory.’
      • ‘He went completely blank as he saw the beauty that entered his office.’
      • ‘I really should be able to think of loads more bad film titles, but I've gone completely blank.’
      • ‘When the kids came along, my mind went completely blank.’
      • ‘John, though his memory was blank, seemed to understand the world around him well enough.’
      • ‘He looks me directly in the eye, and I want to say something but my mind is absolutely blank.’
    2. 2.2 Lacking incident or result:
      ‘those blank moments aboard airplanes’
      • ‘Nobody had their putting stroke in the best mode, resulting in another blank day for the twos pool and another pot to carry forward to next week's outing.’
  • 3[attributive] Complete; absolute (used emphatically with negative force):

    ‘he was met with a blank refusal to discuss the issue’
    • ‘Those advisers who urged on him an expression of contrition as a way of finding closure met with a blank refusal.’
    • ‘But he was isolated, and something more than a blank refusal was required.’
    • ‘What's interesting about the posts on the website is this blank refusal to accept the true nature of freedom of speech.’
    • ‘You give hugely to the town and the country but when you look for a little back for yourself, you get a blank refusal.’
    • ‘I don't believe that could happen today, one of my students sighed in blank refusal of this simple chain of reasoning.’
    • ‘On the unionist side, there was a blank refusal to consider power sharing.’
    • ‘This movie aims to evoke the same mystery, but settles for a sense of blank perplexity.’
    • ‘I'm pleased to see that I'm not the only one frustrated with his blank lack of understanding.’
    outright, absolute, categorical, unqualified, utter, complete, thorough, flat, straight, positive, certain, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unmistakable, plain, clear, clear-cut
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  • 4Used euphemistically in place of an adjective regarded as obscene, profane, or abusive:

    ‘show the miserable blank-blank Englishman how to fight this war’
    • ‘That whole blanking thing is very ugly, isn't it?’

noun

  • 1A space left to be filled in a document:

    ‘leave blanks to type in the appropriate names’
    • ‘If you're only looking for certain vocabulary words in certain places, why not just offer an essay template where students fill in the blanks?’
    • ‘Their birth certificates contained blanks in the section identifying their fathers.’
    • ‘The list of employees now has a number of blanks in the salary column.’
    • ‘He trekked thousands of miles along the northern coast of North America to fill in the blanks on regional maps.’
    • ‘I'd been accumulating information and photographs, but when it came time to write it I knew I'd have to uncover more to fill in the blanks.’
    • ‘Early map-makers were happy to leave blanks for terra incognita or to stock those empty spaces with headless cannibals, giant monopeds, Amazons and dragons.’
    • ‘This is your chance to fill in the blanks on a missive already written, then simply post it off to the public figure in question.’
    • ‘Well if you had a form I suppose I could fill in the blanks and get the boss to sign it.’
    • ‘More accurate and logical profiling requires restraint: leave the usual labels and formulas in template until you have enough facts to thoroughly fill in the blanks.’
    • ‘The concept is simple enough: take a 9x9 square and fill in the blanks so each number from one to nine appears in each row, column and 3x3 section only once.’
    • ‘He left blanks for inserting names and levels of government to create an instant press release of sorts.’
    • ‘Question 1 was a database question, with several blanks, and two queries to be filled in.’
    • ‘I want to fill in the blanks, dot the i's and cross the t's.’
    • ‘It had colloquial English phrases and you had to fill in the blanks.’
    • ‘The teacher must have been quite surprised at the way he filled in the blanks in the questions at the end of each lesson.’
    • ‘I knew all the key terms and I knew what to put in the blanks, but I just couldn't think straight enough to write anything.’
    • ‘She picked up a new gold nib black ink pen and started filling in blanks in the contract.’
    • ‘Someone from marketing, sales, or [fill in the blank with a department] will always throw a wrench into the project.’
    • ‘The UN has now called in the ‘motherland’ countries, to try to fill in the blanks on the draft plan.’
    • ‘The analysis presented here shows that filling in some blanks in the current matrix will not overturn the optimal hypothesis it supports.’
    space, gap, blank space, empty space
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    1. 1.1 A document with blank spaces to be filled.
      • ‘With a pad of blanks and the punch, I could mark my own transfers and travel anywhere that L.A. buses went.’
      • ‘Prescription blanks must not be stored in patient examination rooms.’
      • ‘In this country, town governments issue passports, so thieves frequently break into the town hall and steal blanks.’
      • ‘We answered all the questions and filled out the blanks in full.’
      • ‘In addition to controlled storage, prescription blanks are serialized, and the dispersal of all prescription pads and storage destination is documented by pharmacy staff.’
    2. 1.2 A domino with one or both halves blank.
  • 2A cartridge containing gunpowder but no bullet, used for training or as a signal.

    • ‘The bullets were blanks in our desert, but the situations and attitudes of the soldiers we reported on were as real as they come.’
    • ‘He had not been wounded, let alone shot, because the attacker's pistol was loaded with blanks.’
    • ‘It was something I should have noticed, blanks looked different than the real ammo we work with.’
    • ‘When I learned to shoot a gun, I never practiced with real bullets, or even blanks.’
    • ‘It was the first time I'd fired a weapon, I felt a little nervous even though the bullets were only blanks.’
    • ‘The guns fire blanks but can be adapted to shoot real bullets.’
    • ‘By day five, soldiers receive weapon's safety instructions, carry a magazine of blanks and continually conduct weapons safety procedures.’
    • ‘‘The darn gun was loaded with blanks,’ she said.’
    • ‘Taking aim again, I pulled the trigger and the blank hit the guard in the chest.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to our finalist, four of these bullets are blanks.’
    • ‘She let the cartridges of blanks drop to the ground and reloaded with live fire.’
    • ‘This stage furnishes the ammunition for two .45 Colt sixguns, .45 caliber blanks with enough blast to pop balloons but not send bullets around haphazardly.’
    • ‘Rubber blanks exploded through the bush I was crouching behind, but none hit me.’
    • ‘In addition, officers collected nine guns designed to fire blanks, but capable of being converted to fire live ammunition.’
    • ‘No one on the firing squad knows whether their gun has a bullet or a blank.’
    • ‘So perhaps it was a real gun and a real head, but does a blank constitute a real bullet?’
    • ‘Only blanks were used for the Royal war games when she visited the armed forces at Portsmouth.’
    • ‘Bullets, he didn't know whether they were blanks or not, whizzed past him, inches from his face.’
    • ‘In each of the shops, there are display cases full of replica weapons capable of firing plastic or metal ballbearings or blanks.’
    • ‘She said 1,797 rounds of assorted ammunition, including blanks, and 13 other weapons, including knives, had also been handed in.’
  • 3An empty space or period of time, especially in terms of a lack of knowledge or understanding:

    ‘my mind was a total blank’
    • ‘It tells the story of a woman suffering from psychogenic amnesia who wakes up daily with her mind a total blank.’
    • ‘I quickly racked my brain for the answer, only to turn up with nothing but a blank.’
    • ‘Even though I recognised people, my mind was a total blank.’
    • ‘Our knowledge of the singer's childhood and youth is practically a total blank.’
    • ‘So while Shakespeare's life is not a total blank, it does contain a lot of empty spaces.’
    • ‘The stunning reality of the battle pushed Alex's mind into total blank.’
    • ‘She was looking at him with big, round, hopeful eyes, her lips quivering, and his mind was a total blank.’
    • ‘I've a good memory, a very good memory, but my mind is a total blank.’
    • ‘Today is one of those ‘blogless’ days where my mind is a blank so this will be short!’
    • ‘It's just a total blank, as though everyone had forgotten about that bit of the world.’
    • ‘I was so nervous I put my slides upside down on the projector, dropped my folder and had a complete mind blank half way through.’
    • ‘Her mind was a total blank and she kept staring at the wall in front of her.’
    • ‘He said all the drinks at the event had been free and believes their beers may have been spiked because of his total blank about the evening.’
    • ‘At this point, brain, spirit and soul were all on overload and a total blank arrived.’
    void, vacuum, emptiness, vacancy
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  • 4A piece of metal or wood intended for further shaping or finishing.

    • ‘Wheel blanks vary in width from 7.5 in. to 12 in. and in length from 26 in. to 40 in.’
    • ‘Multidirectional core reduction techniques produced a wide variety of larger reduction flakes that formed blanks for small tools.’
    • ‘The technique traditionally has involved filing a key blank into a set of teeth that rest against each of the pins in a pin and tumbler lock.’
    • ‘They do not have grip safeties, so a blank must be welded onto the frame and then finished by hand.’
    • ‘People couldn't believe how easy it was pick many simple locks using little more than a key blank and a screw driver.’
    • ‘The hydroforming process forms a heated metal blank into a desired shape by means of hydraulic pressure.’
    • ‘Worthing shaped the blank into a traditional British style and finished the wood with a hand-rubbed oil finish.’
    1. 4.1 A plain metal disc from which a coin is made by stamping a design on it.
      • ‘The Central Bank expects to sell them to the manufacturers of coin blanks in Europe.’
      • ‘The country's largest stainless steel making outfit, has bagged an order to supply coin blanks to the French national mint.’
      • ‘You put the die on a coin blank and hit it with a big hammer to mould the impression into the metal.’
  • 5A dash written instead of a word or letter, especially instead of an obscenity or profanity.

    • ‘The way we would test them is we would sing it a few times and then leave something out - Astrolabe, Quadrant and blank blank blank will find a new blank to the East.’
    • ‘But, more importantly, you'll find a blank for words that should not appear.’
    1. 5.1 Used euphemistically in place of a noun regarded as obscene, profane, or abusive.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (something) blank or empty:

    ‘electronic countermeasures blanked out the radar signals’
    • ‘The story tells of the sun being completely blanked out and stars being seen.’
    • ‘In a clear breach of Netiquette, it spammed all twenty with the same reply and failed to blank the identity of the recipients.’
    • ‘When the documents were delivered, apart from a few names and addresses and incidental matters, they were completely blanked out.’
    • ‘The next three pages of that all-important document are completely blanked out.’
    • ‘Swear words were blanked out, but much more offensive racist remarks were left in.’
    • ‘Every sentence, even every heading is blanked out and will remain classified, insofar as those two agencies are concerned.’
    • ‘‘He deals with bad news by blanking it out,’ she answers for him.’
    • ‘That excuse was suddenly blanked out by the image before him.’
    • ‘A lot of the text in the documents is blanked out, including, intriguingly, the distribution list!’
    • ‘Whether I've just blanked it out in my head, I just don't remember making that decision.’
    • ‘Before he died, fellow captives heard the prisoner, whose name is blanked out in the document, ‘screaming and asking for assistance’.’
    • ‘The eyes of the 22 alleged thieves were blanked out.’
    • ‘He blanked his mind of everything and stopped thinking.’
    • ‘I blanked out my mind for a bit just thinking and sorting things out in my head.’
    • ‘The next day the picture of the lorry was in a number of newspapers, and, although they blanked the register and name out, they still publicised the company.’
    • ‘You may notice that I've blanked out the price.’
    • ‘The people are blanked out to allow you to receive the full horrific impact of their trashy homes.’
    • ‘Your address is blanked out, but your name must be included on the roll, otherwise we are unable to confirm your identity when you vote.’
    • ‘Shouting was a waste of time, so to blank it out I used to stick on the headphones.’
    • ‘I can't remember what it was, I've blanked it out.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Become blank or empty:
      ‘the picture blanked out’
      • ‘Jesse had suddenly blanked out and it scared her.’
      • ‘Minae bowed her head, her mind blanking at his cold tone.’
      • ‘He rose from his little nap in the middle of the street, then realized where he was, and what had happened before he blanked out.’
      • ‘A second before I blanked out, cold water connected with my forehead.’
      • ‘Her mind began blanking, lulled by the soft weight of his hand stroking her cheek.’
      • ‘Jennifer blanked out soon after her body took to running outside the building.’
      • ‘As soon as he hit the ground, everything blanked out.’
      • ‘After performing the cigar sequence, something landed on my head and I blanked out.’
      • ‘He had written it on his calendar, in his planner and left a reminder on his cell phone and his mind still completely blanked out at remembering that piece of news.’
      • ‘Her mind blanked out and she felt lost as if in a dream.’
      • ‘Even though he had the uneasy feeling that she was disappointed in him, he felt bereft when her image, too, blanked out.’
      • ‘In a ‘zone,’ she blanked out on us and didn't say another single thing the whole time.’
      • ‘I think I froze and blanked out for a second, because the next thing I knew he had walked up to me, taken my hand in his, and was kissing it.’
      • ‘I blanked out completely, too tired to think of a lie.’
      • ‘Ray's image blanked out and he held his hand out to me on last time.’
      • ‘My mind blanked out and I was no longer aware of my surroundings, falling into another dream.’
      • ‘I closed my eyes for a second, and as I tried to breath, my mind blanked out and my hands began to shake.’
      • ‘Her mind had momentarily blanked out when she realized the mistake she had made.’
      • ‘He completely blanked out, lost in thought again.’
      • ‘Wait, I must have blanked out while I was typing it.’
    2. 1.2 Cut (a metal blank):
      ‘the complete core disc can be blanked out in one piece’
  • 2North American informal Defeat (a sports team) without allowing them to score:

    ‘Baltimore blanked Toronto in a 7–0 victory’
    • ‘By blanking Chicago, it was the fourth consecutive shutout, a feat that had been accomplished in the American League by only the 1903 Indians and the 1932 Yankees.’
    • ‘Landmark won games three and four in a row last Thursday as they blanked the Eagles 5- and edged Mitchell 8-7.’
    • ‘Also in Division Two, FC Japan blanked Roosevelt Island International 4 -.’
    • ‘The Midget Raiders blanked the Eagles 43- last Saturday in Steinbach.’
    • ‘A tenacious Minnesota defense helped send the Flyers to their eighth shutout loss of the season, the most since they were blanked eight times in 1969 / 1970.’
  • 3British informal Deliberately ignore (someone):

    ‘I just blanked them and walked out’
    • ‘The actor has slammed his co-star for claiming he deliberately blanked him on the set of the boxing movie.’
    • ‘I want to develop our relationship, but sometimes I feel like blanking her calls.’
    • ‘I either saw someone who was Robyn's doppelganger today, or it was actually Robyn and she blanked me.’
    • ‘I watch him blank the room service waiter, who will presumably have to clean up the tomato sauce mess later.’
    • ‘It's always disconcerting when you smile at someone and they just blank you.’
    • ‘‘I've been blanking his phone calls,’ says Ritchie.’
    • ‘He had it out with his friend about the way he's been blanking him.’
    • ‘Despite phone calls and emails, our man behind this public-spirited deed was completely blanked by the software empire.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he blanked you, but you just knew you weren't part of the gang.’
    • ‘After their affair has gone sour, he finds she's blanking him when they meet; it's as if they've never known each other.’
    • ‘I sent an email last night to someone who's been blanking me for the last few days.’
    • ‘His instinct was to blank his questioners, shake hands with the leader and exit swiftly.’
    • ‘Rather than blanking her, have you thought about taking her out for a meal, just you and her, and actually telling her that you think your relationship has got out of balance.’
    • ‘I don't get the guy - I mean just yesterday he totally blanked me but now he's winking at me.’
    • ‘I spent a lot of time trying to get clearance from the soft rock band but they completely blanked it.’
    • ‘Some days he looks at you and some days he blanks you.’
    • ‘I haven't seen him for ages but the last two times I've tried to make contact he's blanked me.’
    • ‘I felt she was blanking me and never thought about the fact that there were television cameras on us.’
    • ‘At least this time she said hello to me, most of the time she blanks me.’
    • ‘Walking right into John, my heart froze with fear, but instead of looking at me with anger/realisation/love etc, he blanked me!’
    ignore, take no notice of, take no account of, pay no attention to, pay no heed to, refuse to acknowledge
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Phrases

  • be firing (or shooting) blanks

    • informal (of a man) be infertile.

      • ‘He's probably been firing blanks for years, but wouldn't admit it for a second - after all, a man isn't really a man if he can't hit the target.’
  • draw a blank

    • Elicit no successful response; fail:

      ‘the search drew a blank’
      • ‘Inquires made by the administrative officer on my behalf have drawn a blank.’
      • ‘Within days of his death, they went to the home of his widow and daughters to conduct an early-morning search, but drew a blank.’
      • ‘Detectives initially drew a blank as no one of that name was registered missing.’
      • ‘Many searches ultimately draw a blank, but people do turn up on occasion.’
      • ‘By Saturday, the negotiators working ahead of Wednesday's summit had drawn a blank: there will be nothing beyond a statement of broad principles.’
      • ‘As their searches drew a blank, fears grew that she had been abducted, or even run away from the school party.’
      • ‘Police investigations at the time drew a blank, and no firm reason could be found for his disappearance.’
      • ‘The journalist drew a blank when he tried to find out more from villagers.’
      • ‘The inspector said today that conventional methods of identification, including DNA and fingerprinting, had drawn a blank.’
      • ‘As if out of habit, he went online and entered the words in the search engine, but drew a blank.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘white, colourless’): from Old French blanc white, ultimately of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

blank

/blaŋk/