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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

fire blanks

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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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Not only did this ingenious method of camouflaging the revolver as a semiauto save a real collector's item from severe alterations, it also circumvented the difficult process of actually getting a semiauto to function firing blanks at a period in time when getting a pistol to fire, eject and reload a blank round took a lot of consistency and effort.
This disappointing female buddy espionage caper has a couple of half-decent action scenes but is firing blanks whenever it aims at comedy.
GUTTED Ryan Edwards reckons Partick deserved to shoot into the top six despite firing blanks in Dingwall.
The Welsh fourpiece's modern take on the early 80s New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound had its moments but they were too few and far between to rescue what was FLAT Firing blanks a fairly flat show.
Although the Toffees have struggled for goals lately, firing blanks in their last two league games, David Moyes' side have lost just once at home all season and are still in the hunt for a top-four finish.
Just a shame Chelsea were not so effective at the other end of the pitch where Torres was again firing blanks.
As a TACOM LAR, I encounter Soldiers who are firing blanks through the M249 machine gun's short barrel with the standard barrel blank firing attachment (BFA) installed.
"You have real guns, but you're firing blanks. I had to wear sunglasses when I was firing my guns because I couldn't not squint!
TIPTON Town were guilty of firing blanks this week.
FIRING BLANKS: Jean-Claude Darcheville shows his frustration
The rangers, part of the state Department of Watershed Protection, routinely use such tactics as firing blanks to scare gulls away from the reservoir as a method of decreasing contamination from their droppings.
The guns of the ship were firing blanks, but it gave an impression of the ship's capabilities.
So here goes ( eight league and cup games unbeaten, nine Premiership points out of nine, six goals scored in the last two Premiership matches after a severe famine, and a pounds 10m striker previously firing blanks cracking three goals in two matches.
Despite the pent-up energy in its aggressive form, it fails to seize its context, impotently firing blanks across neighbouring rooftops.