blot out something

blot out something
blot out (something) to make something stop upsetting you.

I twist the pillow over my head to blot out the horrible sounds.

She closed her eyes, trying to blot out the memory of the day's events.

Related vocabulary: block out something Etymology: based on the literal meaning of blot (= to cover something with drops of ink)

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  • blot out — (something) to make something stop upsetting you. I twist the pillow over my head to blot out the horrible sounds. She closed her eyes, trying to blot out the memory of the day s events. Related vocabulary: block out something Etymology: based on …   New idioms dictionary

  • blot out — verb make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing (Freq. 6) a hidden message a veiled threat • Syn: ↑obscure, ↑obliterate, ↑veil, ↑hide • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

  • blot out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms blot out : present tense I/you/we/they blot out he/she/it blots out present participle blotting out past tense blotted out past participle blotted out 1) to cover something so that you can no longer see it… …   English dictionary

  • blot out — verb a) to obscure The moon blotted out the sun and all was dark. b) to make something undecipherable; to obliterate From the time he had left the house in Soho on the morning of the murder, he was simply blotted out; and gradually, as time drew… …   Wiktionary

  • blot — ► NOUN 1) a dark mark or stain, especially one made by ink. 2) a thing that mars something that is otherwise good. ► VERB (blotted, blotting) 1) dry with an absorbent material. 2) mark, stain, or mar. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • blot — blot1 [blɔt US bla:t] v past tense and past participle blotted present participle blotting [T] 1.) to make a wet surface become dry by pressing soft paper or cloth on it 2.) blot your copybook BrE informal to do something that spoils the idea… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blot — blot1 [ blat ] verb transitive to remove liquid from the surface of something using a piece of paper or cloth: Blot off any excess lipstick with a paper tissue. ,blot out phrasal verb transitive 1. ) to cover something so that you can no longer… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blot — I = blot up blot UK [blɒt] / US [blɑt] or blot up UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms blot : present tense I/you/we/they blot he/she/it blots present participle blotting past tense blotted past participle blotted to remove liquid from the… …   English dictionary

  • blot — [[t]blɒ̱t[/t]] blots, blotting, blotted 1) N COUNT: N on n If something is a blot on a person s or thing s reputation, it spoils their reputation. ...a blot on the reputation of the architectural profession... This drugs scandal is another blot… …   English dictionary

  • blot something out — 1 Mary blotted out her picture: ERASE, obliterate, delete, efface, rub out, blank out, expunge; cross out, strike out. 2 clouds were starting to blot out the stars …   Useful english dictionary

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