Why makes (fill in the blank) Tiger/Spitzer/Edwards/Ensign/Clinton/men so careless, so dumb?
Sure, the critics never quite cottoned to him; they always insinuated that he was an airhead, a blank.
If you were to ask Jared Loughner or James Holmes about Timothy McVeigh, your answer would probably be a blank stare.
In the case of Steven Eugene Washington, nothing more than a blank stare made him a target for police bullets.
The Republicans care more about protecting millionaires and billionaires than... you can fill in the blank.
She made her mind a blank so often that she flew to thinking to escape the emptiness of it.
For three days, from Thursday to Sunday, my mind was a blank.
For the mere rhetorical "elevation" of blank verse we have no use whatever.
The priest remained lost for a moment in blank and bitter amazement.
From 1604 to 1608 is a period which forms a blank leaf in the story of Arabella.
early 13c., "white, pale, colorless," from Old French blanc "white, shining," from Frankish *blank "white, gleaming," or some other West Germanic source (cf. Old Norse blakkr, Old English blanca "white horse;" Old High German blanc, blanch; German blank "shining, bright"), from Proto-Germanic *blangkaz "to shine, dazzle," extended form of PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
Meaning "having empty spaces" evolved c.1400. Sense of "void of expression" (a blank look) is from 1550s. Spanish blanco, Italian bianco are said to be from Germanic. Related: Blankly, blankness.
late 14c. as the name of a small French coin; 1550s as "white space in the center of a target," from the same source as blank (adj.). Meaning "empty space" (in a document, etc.) is from c.1570. Meaning "losing lottery ticket" (1560s) is behind the expression draw a blank. The word has been "for decorum's sake, substituted for a word of execration" [OED] from 1854. From 1896 as short for blank cartridge (itself from 1826).
1540s, "to nonplus, disconcert, shut up;" 1560s, "to frustrate," from blank (adj.). Sports sense of "defeat (another team) without allowing a score" is from 1870. Meaning "to become blank or empty" is from 1955. Related: Blanked; blanking.
A weakened or diluted narcotic, or a nonnarcotic substance sold as a narcotic; flea powder (1970s+ Narcotics)
[noun sense probably fr blank cartridge, ''a cartridge without a bullet'']