One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Mary blotted out her picture’
erase, obliterate, delete, efface, rub out, wipe out, blank out, remove all traces of, expunge, eliminate
cancel, cross out, strike out
2‘clouds were starting to blot out the stars’
conceal, hide, obscure, exclude, obliterate, erase
darken, dim, shadow, eclipse, cast a shadow over
3‘he urged her to blot out the memory of what she had seen’
wipe out, erase, efface, eradicate, obliterate, expunge, destroy, exterminate
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