look blank


Be expressionless, appear dumbstruck or overwhelmed. For example, When I asked her how to get to the hospital, she looked blank. [c. 1700]

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How to use look blank in a sentence

  • Such mementoes make our splendidest chambers look blank and sad; such faces seen in a day cast a gloom upon our sunshine.

  • Being questioned, they would look blank; being told to get out and go to the devil, they would look modest.

    Poppy | Cynthia Stockley
  • “Pretty well,” is the reply of the ignoramus, looking blank at the same time, and why should he not look blank?

  • The score creeps up to fifty; the boys begin to look blank; and the spectators, who are now mustering strong, are very silent.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays | Thomas Hughes
  • Her young companion glanced at her for a moment, and saw her look blank and even confounded.

    The Tenants of Malory | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu