blank slate

noun

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 According to Morris, this is exactly what Lali wanted: a blank slate, a writer without any baggage or family history connected to the Holocaust. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 With a blank slate on the developmental side of things, the new regime could look to bring a new face to the running back room as well. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr. 2024 Yet, despite this prominence, Major Haley himself remains something of a blank slate. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Like Robinson Crusoe, even locals who should know better view this other island as a blank slate for exile or utopia. Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 In sum, our city was, and still is, a nearly blank slate. Jim Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2024 The moment kicked off a new obsession with interior design, and with the notion of having a blank slate. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 Starting from a ‘blank slate’ The family returned to Charlotte in 2005, moved into the house and started on the garden. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 In 1666, the Great Fire of London created a blank slate for the construction of new houses and shops, which were ultimately replaced by Victorian warehouses. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blank slate was in 1886

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“Blank slate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blank%20slate. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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