blank slate


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Examples of blank slate in a Sentence

She viewed her students as blank slates, just waiting to be filled with knowledge.
Recent Examples on the Web Biggest question: The line was a blank slate – who would start and how well would these relatively unknown players do? Giana Han, al, "Grading Auburn midway through the 2020 season," 7 Nov. 2020 City officials are referring to the area as the latest blank slate for development, especially if the urban core continues to add more residents buying homes and moving into apartments. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City’s Depot District sees building boom after homeless shelter is demolished," 25 Oct. 2020 With Bowman, Ally is paired with a digital savvy 27-year-old car enthusiast and a blank slate to create a new marketing plan. Jenna Fryer,, "Alex Bowman shuffled to the No. 48 to replace Jimmie Johnson," 7 Oct. 2020 This gave me a completely blank slate to test the true capabilities of the Foreo Bear. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "The Foreo Bear Microcurrent Device Makes It Looks Like I Got a Face-Lift," 6 Oct. 2020 So if the idea of meal prep stresses you out, start with a blank slate. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Meal-Prep Tips to Get You Sorta Ready for the Week Ahead," 30 Sep. 2020 The question amounts to a largely blank slate that the General Assembly would fill in later with critical details such as which entities — casinos? Jeff Barker,, "Question 2 asks Marylanders to legalize sports betting. Where? Which sports? For exactly what purposes? Stay tuned.," 30 Sep. 2020 The entire movie is infinitely more watchable because of his presence, but as written, Stanley is a cipher, a blank slate. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Last Shift’ takes aim at white privilege in the working class, but it fails to ignite," 25 Sep. 2020 When Christine and Robert Casanova moved into a century-old Victorian side hall in New Orleans in 2017, the home’s central, windowless room was a blank slate, a design challenge and a point of contention. Missy Wilkinson,, "Bold interior paint colors are back, offering vibrancy to indoor life that neutrals can't provide," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of blank slate

1886, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Blank slate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blank slate

: someone or something that is still in an original state and that has not yet been changed by people, experiences, etc.
: something that does not show or express anything

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