to draw a blank

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - draw a blank

"to draw a blank"

to be unable to get information, think of something, or achieve something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - draw a blank

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you remember the name of that customer who came in last year asking about chains for his car tires.

Colleague 2:  Sorry. I am drawing a blank.

Colleague 1:  You can not remember the customers name?

Colleague 2:  No. Sorry. I can remember the incident but not the name.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - draw a blank

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Did you find that file in the archives?

Colleague 2:  No. I drew a blank.

Colleague 1:  Well, the file has to be there somewhere.

Colleague 2:  I looked thoroughly but could not find it.

Colleague 1:  I will go and take a look.

to draw a blank - Usage:


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to draw a blank - Gerund Form:

Drawing a blank, I simply called him "Sir".

Drawing a blank, we started looking again.

to draw a blank - Examples:

1)  ... jail last June, he tried searching for mother and child -- but drew a blank.

2)  Attempts to solicit comment from ZCC spokesman Emmanuel Motolla drew a blank as he ignored our calls and text messages.

3)  The hunt began. A headhunter was hired. They drew a blank in India. The net was cast wider. 

4)  ... to give their understanding of the word' mercy'. Strangely this drew a blank from many of those interviewed. 

5)  ... most of the more than 360 surveyed drew a blank. # The meaning of reconciliation was poorly understood, if grasped at all.

6)  Hi Roisin! " they'll call out cheerily, but invariably I draw a blank with them, and have to bluff along as best I can, hoping to remember their names.

7)  Ask him to pick one of his own performances and you draw a blank.

8)  He blurts things back. # I draw a blank when asked later what actual words were exchanged.

9)  They know Ben 10 and Barbie, but draw a blank when they hear names like Jarasandha or Jatayu.

10)  Mention Oasis and Stone Roses to him and you draw a blank. "I've not kept tabs on them," he says.

11)  Outside of that my research has drawn a blank. # I would love to hear from anyone who could fill in the blanks.

12)  Occasionally, very occasionally, if we'd drawn a blank with the local B&Bs, we'd find ourselves holed up in a hostel.

13)  The police investigation has been exhaustive but they have drawn a blank.

14)  A multinational effort to search for the missing jetliner has so far drawn a blank.

15)  ... and they have drawn a blank, but this is a mystery we have to solve.

16)  ... getting the new Bill Bryson book. For some reason, I was drawing a blank on the title. I know it's about England, which is timely, ...

17)  ... drawing a blank in the first compound they entered, they then moved to a second compound.

18)  Sugato discovered that his father was drawing a blank when he mentioned Amitabh Bachchan's name!

19)  The names -- both of birth and pen -- may be drawing a blank for most of you, dear readers.

20)  ... something light and summery for this week's collection, but I was drawing a blank in my research.