block out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of block out

1 : to hide or cover something so that it cannot be seen, felt, or heard
  • Clouds blocked out the sun.
  • We put on music to block out the sound of the traffic.
2 : to force oneself not to think about (something)
  • He tried to block the event out.
3 : to ignore (something)
  • blocking out distractions

Word by Word Definitions

block play
  1. : a compact usually solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose : such as

  2. : the piece of wood on which the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded is laid for execution

  3. : a mold or form on which articles are shaped or displayed

  1. : to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction

  2. : blockade

  3. : to hinder the passage, progress, or accomplishment of by or as if by interposing an obstruction

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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