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draw a blank

1. To be unable to think of something. I'm sorry, I'm drawing a blank—what's your name again? I actually did know the answer to that question, I just drew a blank when the teacher called on me, OK?
2. To be unable to find something. Mom, I looked for those Christmas decoration all over the house, but I've drawn a blank. Are you sure you didn't give them to grandma?
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draw a blank

 
1. . Fig. to get no response; to find nothing. I asked him about Tom's financial problems, and I just drew a blank. We looked in the files for an hour, but we drew a blank.
2. Fig. to fail to remember something. I tried to remember her telephone number, but I could only draw a blank. It was a very hard test with just one question to answer, and I drew a blank.
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draw a blank

Fail to find or remember something, as in He looks familiar but I've drawn a blank on his name. This expression alludes to drawing a lottery ticket with nothing on it (so one cannot win a prize). [Early 1800s]
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draw a blank

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1. If you are trying to find someone or something and you draw a blank, you cannot find them. Note: Originally, to draw a blank meant to be given a losing ticket in a lottery. I searched among the bottles and drew a blank.
2. If you are trying to find out about something and you draw a blank, you fail to find out about it. Note: Originally, to draw a blank meant to be given a losing ticket in a lottery. We asked if they'd been in. We drew a blank.
3. If you draw a blank, you are unable to remember something or to answer a question you are asked. Note: Originally, to draw a blank meant to be given a losing ticket in a lottery. Asked what her son's first words were, Deirdre drew a blank. Why do we recognise a face, but sometimes draw a blank when it comes to the name?
4. In a sporting contest, if a team or competitor draws a blank, they do not score any goals or points, or win any races. Note: Originally, to draw a blank meant to be given a losing ticket in a lottery. Goal-shy Raith drew a blank at home yet again. He now leads Pat Eddery, who drew a blank in the title race.
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draw a blank

elicit no response; be unsuccessful.
A blank was originally a lottery ticket that did not win a prize.
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draw a ˈblank

not find something that you are looking for: There was no sign of the murder weapon. The police searched every inch of the forest but drew a blank.
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draw a blank

To fail to find or remember something.
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