blank out

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blank out (third-person singular simple present blanks out, present participle blanking out, simple past and past participle blanked out)

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To become blank.
    He removed the paper from the heat, and the paper blanked out.
    The screen blanked out during the power cut.
    1. To temporarily lose memory
      He blanked out five minutes into the meeting.
      I'm blanking out on your name, I'm afraid.
  2. (transitive) To cause (something) to become blank.
    1. To erase (something), leaving a blank in its place.
      The teacher blanked out some words from the text, which the students had to fill in
      They had to blank out five obscenities before airing the song.
    2. To erase from one's memory.
      He blanked out the abuse he had suffered as a child.
  3. (idiomatic, transitive) to set even, to neutralise
    Beckham's second-half goal blanked out Filippi's first-half header to put the score at 1-1.