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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
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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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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