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(one's) mind goes blank

One suddenly forgets or is unable to think of something. Even though I'd been preparing for the interview for days, my mind went blank as soon as they started asking questions. She went to introduce her husband to the producers, but her mind went blank when she tried to remember their names.
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The weight of the bag really presses into your shoulders and your mind goes blank as you focus on finishing," said Lauren.
But nowadays my mind goes blank whenever my daughter or wife inquires about my festive gift desires.
Some people don't test well--they tend to freeze up and their mind goes blank," explainedJohnson-Rhea.
Before you go on them you think about what you'll do, but then when they actually happen your mind goes blank," she says.
But when you're sitting there in the 'chair' being quizzed, the pressure mounts and the mind goes blank.
Scribbling crib notes on your skin in case your mind goes blank during the big quiz has been done by middle-school kids for generations.
The listless, dreary, humorless music of this six-member outfit perfectly reflects the moment the mind goes blank before sleep sets in - but not in a good way.
Because we have made the physical memory of the piece automatic, it is quite possible, and indeed frighteningly easy for the fingers and arms to go on playing while the mind goes blank.
I know the material before I take the test, but then my mind goes blank.
Every time I go to the table I try to concentrate on my technique but sometimes, when the nerves hit, your mind goes blank as you lean down to hit the shot.
Epilepsy, in fact, comes in many forms and can range from an 'absence', where the mind goes blank, to a full seizure where the body fits.
THE ABSENT-MINDED PRESENTER: Nobody likes to give a presentation, especially when your mind goes blank.
But some weeks, and this happens quite frequently, I sit before the computer and my mind goes blank.