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.

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Experts saw poor countries as blank slates, waiting to be developed with a grand technocratic plan. Adam O’neal, WSJ, "The Anti-Bill Gates," 7 Dec. 2018 This approach is quite different from the normal studio approach to idoldom, wherein idols are trained to be pleasant but mild — to be blank slates upon which viewers can project their fantasies. Aja Romano, Vox, "BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained," 24 Aug. 2018 Boston’s proposal focuses on Suffolk Downs, the soon-to-be-shuttered horse racetrack that straddles East Boston and Revere, offering the company a 160-acre blank slate to work with. Shirley Leung,, "Here are three things Boston needs to do now to land Amazon," 19 Jan. 2018 Alfyn starts as a bit of a blank slate compared to the rest of the cast, which makes his confrontations with these peers that much more interesting. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics," 22 Aug. 2018 Then cabinets arrive at Stern as blank slates ready to be printed with a game's specific artwork. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 Trying to infer voter preference from a blank slate is election fraud. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Broward County Senate Steal?," 9 Nov. 2018 All bills introduced this past Congress will be killed once January rolls around, so the new Congress will be starting from a blank slate. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 Originally used as work trucks, these big, boxy vans can provide a blank slate for all your DIY #VanLife dreams. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of blank slate

1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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