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1Stop something such as light or noise from reaching somewhere:‘you're blocking out my sun’
- ‘The house is going to block the sunlight out of our south facing gardens.’
- ‘We stopped at 3am, when the cloud cover finally blocked them out.’
- ‘I keep trying to block his voice out of my head, but I can't stop it all the time.’
- ‘According to this watch it's only 2:17 pm but there's almost no natural light whatsoever; the sun is blocked out completely by low-hung clouds of industrial smog.’
- ‘Dr Brown said: ‘The sun appears so small from that distance that you could completely block it out with the head of a pin.’’
- ‘Tony is talking, while Davy is trying to block the noise out with his pillow.’
- ‘I usually just block such noises out because in the city there's always some lunatic running around shouting things but for some reason I ran to the cry for help.’
- ‘I groaned, grabbing my pillow and placing it over my ears, blocking all noise out.’
- ‘I have always been really aware of fires and I knew to shut the door to block the fire out.’
- 1.1 Exclude something unpleasant from one's thoughts or memory:‘they had managed to block out incidents from long ago’
- ‘Eventually though he managed to block them out and catch some much needed sleep.’
- ‘They could wind up so traumatized by their actions that blocking the incident out could be their only option.’
- ‘Eva bit her lip and tried to block it out of her memory, but it was no use.’
- ‘Maybe we're just blocking it out like a bad memory or premonition.’
- ‘He tried to block those memories out, but he couldn't in his nearly unconscious state.’
- ‘I sighed, wondering why I had chosen to block the memories out in the first place.’
2Mark or sketch something out roughly:‘I would block out an area and sketch in the detail’
sketch out, trace out, outline, set out, lay out, delineate, draftView synonyms
- ‘I write it down on my steno pad when the idea comes to me, and more or less block it out on paper first.’
- ‘Sometimes, I'll start right on the computer and then have to slow down and block things out on paper to sort things out.’
- ‘I designed it by blocking it out on a ‘clean sheet’ using an architect's program.’
- ‘The image is first blocked out and then carved away to create very beautiful and amazing designs and patterns.’
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