look blank

look blank

Be expressionless, appear dumbstruck or overwhelmed. For example, When I asked her how to get to the hospital, she looked blank. [c. 1700]
See also: blank, look
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Clarity of spoken English - "People keep asking me to repeat myself or sometimes they look blank when I speak, as if they're not really understanding me.
Some look blank, some smile back and gesture: no Hindi, no English -- "Arabic?
Maybe not all of the nurses look blank when you tell them your father has had a cholecystectomy and say "A what?
You proudly tell them and they look blank, then you usually have to resort to saying Middlesbrough, as you know they must have heard of the football club.
I don't want them to look blank or, worse, ask me, "Was that OK?
Neither army won, flags and banners are discarded, and the woman in the newsagent who asked me who would prevail will look blank when I tell her it was Imperial Commander.
Ask any young drinker where his or her Budweiser comes from and they'll look blank.
Celebs are shown to be kind and caring, while the disadvantaged look blank and cry.
Nearly 100 years after the annual day was created to mark the struggle for equal rights for half the world's population, most women in Swat look blank and go silent when asked about gender rights and discrimination.
Mention the name and they look blank or mumble something about the European treaty that gave birth to the euro, signed there in 1992.
Mention the name to people and they look blank or mumble something about the European treaty that gave birth to the Euro, signed there in 1992.
When I tell them I am busier than ever, they look blank.
Parents have difficulty telling friends and relatives what is wrong and people look blank when confronted with the names of the conditions.