fire blanks

fire blanks

slang Of a man, to have no sperm in his semen. We already know that Emma is healthy, so if she can't get pregnant, I must be firing blanks.
See also: blank, fire

fire blanks

BRITISH
If someone fires blanks, they try hard but fail to achieve something. Dalian and his fellow attackers continued to fire blanks against Liverpool and it was left to full-back Staunton to provide United's first goal. Note: Blanks are gun cartridges which contain explosive but do not contain a bullet, so that they do not cause any injuries or damage when the gun is fired.
See also: blank, fire

fire blanks

(of a man) be infertile. informal
The expression is based on the idea of a gun firing blank cartridges.
See also: blank, fire
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Houben, who has a strike rate of 80 percent, has claimed that he doesn't fire blanks.
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Antimo Tranter, 52, who had modified a revolver to fire blanks, was arrested in June after a former partner reported him to police.
It was a handgun that had been designed to fire blanks, said Mr Phillips, but it had been converted into a weapon capable of firing .
Armorers, remove the stops before your M2s go to the firing range to fire blanks or you'll likely never see the stops again.
380 Bruni BBM revolver is designed to fire blanks but can be easily converted illegally to shoot live ammunition.
Moreover, Cork continue to fire blanks in front of goal.
Van Marwijk is worried star forwards Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas Jan Huntelaar will fire blanks because they're stuck on the Bernabeu bench.
When they arrested the 21-year-old they also seized a revolver which, it was found, could only fire blanks.
Shrewsbury Crown Court was told police scientists believed the gun was originally designed to fire blanks but had been tampered with to fire live rounds.
We look like a side with no gunpowder in the barrel; a side which is firing blanks and will continue to fire blanks until we get a proven goalscorer with a determination to get in the box and make the opposition hurt where it matters.
Police today launched an investigation into how the replica automatic handgun - designed to fire blanks but with a home-made conversion to allow for live bullets - came to be dumped in the hedge of a family house in Cherrybrook Way, Bell Green.
In its legal state the handgun has a metal stopper in the barrel allowing it to only fire blanks, which produce a loud bang.
Ipswich 0 Peterborough 0 ROY KEANE again saw his struggling side fire blanks as they were held to a goalless draw at home to basement side Peterborough.
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