blank out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of blank out

1 : to completely hide or cover (something)
  • They blanked out parts of the document before making it public.
2 : to cause (something) to be forgotten
  • The injury blanked out parts of his memory.
3 : to completely forget (something)
  • She has blanked out. What happened that night.
  • I can't remember much of my childhood. I must have blanked it out.

Word by Word Definitions

blank play
  1. : colorless

  2. : appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed

  3. : expressionless

  1. : the bull's-eye of a target

  2. : an empty space (as on a paper)

  3. : a paper with spaces for the entry of data

  1. : obscure, obliterate

  2. : to stop access to : seal

  3. : to keep (an opponent) from scoring

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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