(one's) mind goes blank

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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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one's mind went blank

Fig. someone's mind has experienced total forgetfulness. He knew all his lines in rehearsal, but his mind went blank when he went before an audience.
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The victim said he heard the engine revving, saw Cheetham heading for him, his mind went blank and he tried to get up but collapsed in the street with his legs in "unbearable" pain.
The first time Tom Rodriguez was about to do intimate scenes in "The Significant Other," his mind went blank and there was a blast from the past moment.
I read up on Rules in preparation but when I was first called upon to make what would be a standard decision, my mind went blank.
They were trying to explain how to do CPR and, although I know how to do it, my mind went blank.
Then one morning I was so bored that my mind went blank and I fainted, so I was allowed to miss the sermon and prayers that day.
Countless times I was caught with a heavy blow that left me literally seeing stars, my mind went blank and I just didn't know where I was for a moment.
I think the dive was just a reaction, my mind went blank, the next thing I knew I was lying on the ground.
However, she lost her confidence when her mind went blank during an oral report.
He went on to say: 'My mind went blank when I scored; all I could think of was celebrating it properly with my friends.
I was hoping to finish in the second or third place, but when they announced my name as the winner, my mind went blank," Shakir told Times of Oman.
The boy's mind went blank because he went into a trance and was possessed by the spirit.
The moment the manager said my name when he read the team out that day my mind went blank," he recalled.
For a split second my mind went blank and I was disconnected from