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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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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 Besides, every creative needs a blank slate to create upon, and for a designer, an all-white apartment is the perfect place to start. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Designer Karim Rashid Just Listed His Colorful, Modern Apartment For $4 Million," 23 Feb. 2017 The draw marked the fifth blank slate of the season for Ranjitsingh and gave Louisville City a 7-2-2 record. The Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Ranjitsingh perfect in goal as Louisville City plays to scoreless draw," 9 June 2018 Marsha Norman’s script, like Alice Walker’s novel, begins with Celie as a nearly blank slate. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A deeper ‘Purple’ than we’ve seen reaches Charlotte via Broadway Lights," 12 July 2018 Now, after his stunning primary loss Tuesday, the next generation of Democratic leaders is a blank slate. . Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Kennedy retirement isn't a game changer for corporate America," 28 June 2018 Without that, Sweetbitter is just a show about some people who work in a restaurant, and Tess is just a blank slate of a girl watching them do things. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter," 25 May 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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