black out

1) PHRASAL VERB If you black out, you lose consciousness for a short time.

[V P] I could feel blood draining from my face. I wondered whether I was about to black out...

[V P] Samadov said that he felt so ill that he blacked out.

2) PHRASAL VERB If a place is blacked out, it is in darkness, usually because it has no electricity supply.

[be V-ed P] Large parts of Lima and other areas south of the capital were blacked out after electricity pylons were blown up.

3) PHRASAL VERB: usu passive If a film or a piece of writing is blacked out, it is prevented from being broadcast or published, usually because it contains information which is secret or offensive.

[be V-ed P] TV pictures of the demonstration were blacked out.

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4) PHRASAL VERB If you black out a piece of writing, you colour over it in black so that it cannot be seen.

[V P n (not pron)] U.S. government specialists went through each page, blacking out any information a foreign intelligence expert could use...

[V P n (not pron)] Some Welsh activists have started blacking out English language road signs. [Also V n P]

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5) PHRASAL VERB If you black out the memory of something, you try not to remember it because it upsets you.
See also blackout

[V n P] I tried not to think about it. I blacked it out. It was the easiest way of coping. [Also V P n (not pron)]


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • black-out — [ blakaut ] n. m. inv. • 1941; angl. black « noir » et out « complètement » 1 ♦ Obscurité totale commandée par la défense passive. « ayant soin aussitôt de fermer volets et rideaux pour le “black out” » (A. Gide). 2 ♦ (1967) Fig. Silence gardé… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • black out — {v.} 1. To darken by putting out or dimming lights, * /In some plays the stage is blacked out for a short time and the actors speak in darkness./ * /In wartime, cities are blacked out to protect against bombing from planes./ 2. To prevent or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • black out — {v.} 1. To darken by putting out or dimming lights, * /In some plays the stage is blacked out for a short time and the actors speak in darkness./ * /In wartime, cities are blacked out to protect against bombing from planes./ 2. To prevent or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • black out — loc.s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} 1. improvvisa e inattesa interruzione dell erogazione di energia elettrica 2a. estens., sospensione totale di un servizio pubblico, spec. nell ambito delle telecomunicazioni: black out delle trasmissioni… …   Dizionario italiano

  • black out — (something) 1. to stop delivering or receiving electricity. The power failure blacked out all of northern Illinois. 2. to keep from being broadcast or printed. Tonight s game has been blacked out on local television so you have to buy tickets to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • black out — [v1] delete; cover batten, conceal, cover up, cross out, cut off, darken, eclipse, eradicate, erase, hold back, make dark, obfuscate, rub out, shade, squash, squelch; concept 250 Ant. add, pencil in, uncover black out [v2] faint collapse, crap… …   New thesaurus

  • black out — lack out v. t. 1. to cause to become black, such as a stage, a computer screen, or a city. [PJC] 2. to impose a blackout on (news or a sports event). [PJC] 3. to make (a written text) illegible by applying a black ink over it; to blot out. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Black Out — bezeichnet Black Out (Roman), einen 2011 erschienen Roman von Andreas Eschbach einen Aussetzer, das plötzliche völlige Versagen eines Zustandes Black out – Anatomie einer Leidenschaft, ein Film von 1980 Di …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • black-out — / blækaʊt/, it. /blɛ kaut/ locuz. ingl. [propr. oscuramento , comp. di black nero e out fuori ], usata in ital. come s.m. 1. [interruzione dell energia elettrica] ▶◀ buio, oscuramento. 2. a. (estens.) [l interrompersi di un servizio pubblico o di …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • black out — ( )blak au̇t vi to undergo a temporary loss of vision, consciousness, or memory (as from temporary impairment of cerebral circulation, retinal anoxia, a traumatic emotional blow, or an alcoholic binge) compare GRAY OUT, RED OUT vt to cause to… …   Medical dictionary

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