fire blanks

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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

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

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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We defended the three-ball really well and forced them to shoot blanks.' Murzagaliyev shot 46.9 percent from beyond the arc in six games of the first three windows of the FIBA Qualifiers so Guiao made sure he never had a good look.
Let the people know that the president does not shoot blanks."
But it was Forrest's fire upfront that thrilled the Hoops boss after seeing his side shoot blanks against Rosenborg in midweek.
I have to laugh at these "outlaws" proclaiming & defining themselves these poets the stars of their own cowboy movies legends in their own minds fumbling with their guns which shoot blanks like stooges just like Don Knotts & Tim Conway ridding out of town after a botched bank robbery sitting backwards on their horses not sure whether they're coming or going in Jimmy Breslin's "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" but these poet "outlaws" are even funnier in the seriousness of their pretentiousness though much less entertaining In addition, he was a spiritual man.
There was none of the tentativeness that characterized their 73-75 loss to Palestine last Wednesday where the Nationals were stumped by their opponents' zone defense that saw them shoot blanks from all over the court.
It was very frustrating to home fans how designated gunners continued to shoot blanks in the critical wind-up.
If your dog has been introduced to gunfire, you can also shoot blanks during this phase.
Davies was in no mood to celebrate his new deal after watching his strikeforce shoot blanks again - although Henri Lansbury found the target with a wonderful 30-yard strike for his fifth goal of the season.
This means that a single bacterium may be resistant to an antibiotic even though all of its brethren are affected by the drug, So if an antibiotic kills tons of bugs, it may nevertheless shoot blanks at a resistant bacterium that then reproduces and turns into a disease that winds up hard to light.
To win, I believe Chelsea are going to have to score because Barcelona won't shoot blanks two games running.
European scientists working to stem the spread of malaria have come up with a unique solution--breeding mosquitoes that shoot blanks.
Dubai Imagine Norwich City holding their own against Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Manchester United and Chelsea shoot blanks, and you have some understanding of Emirates Club's remarkable achievement this season.
The threat is withdrawn on the closing of ranks, Protecting the leader, surrounded by tanks, Do the dirty work and never get thanks, Minions are there to always shoot blanks. DAVID GARDNER, Newcastle OF ME No mountain high nor river deep, Journey long, nor endless sleep.
Faux-Rastafarians shoot blanks in a half-baked sequel to the free-form crime caper.
Put it this way, had the pair continued to shoot blanks as they had been for most of the previous month then the man getting it firmly in the neck would have been the Celtic manager.