blot out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blot out make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing "a hidden message","a veiled threat"
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  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.”


In literature:

And this knowledge fell, like a great shadow, over all the days in Egypt behind her, blotting out their sunshine, their gaiety, their glow.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
A yellow light winked in the Colonel's office, occasionally blotted out by the passing figure of a sentry.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
It flew above the cloud cover which still blotted out nearly all the blue overhead.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Countless times I blotted out that mental picture with a sweep of common sense.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Sin and sinners are blotted out.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer
It blotted out all the years that have divided us, and here I am waiting for my answer.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
He blotted out his handiwork with the flat of his hand.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Sometimes the cloud descends and blots out everything.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
His own tracks were blotted out and he searched for the trail in vain.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Utter darkness blotted out the evil vision.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer

In poetry:

Lord, blot out our evil pride,
All our sins before You;
Our Father, for Your Mercy's sake,
Pardon, we implore You.
"Hymn for Atonement Day" by Yehudah ha-Levi
Hers still remaine must I,
By wronge, by death, by shame;
I cannot blot out of my minde
That love wrought in her name.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
And rustling vines that lightly tap
Against the window-pane,
Throw shadows on the white-washed walls
To blot them out again.
"A Little Ghost" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Out of the cloud that covers me
And blots the stars and seldom lifts,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my indubitable gifts.
"The Good Conceit" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Give lettered pomp to teeth of Time,
So "Bonnie Doon" but tarry;
Blot out the Epic's stately rhyme,
But spare his Highland Mary!
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ah, Eloquence! thou wast undone;
Wast from thy native country driven,
When Tyranny eclipsed the sun,
And blotted out the stars of heaven!
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey

In news:

On Sunday, May 20, a solar eclipse will blot out part of the sun (up to 94 percent.
Leafy bastard cabbage blots out Texas wildflowers.
"This weather is terrible for chicken farmers," jokes Hossein, a dark, wiry man in his late 20s, as he looks at the sunrise over the Persian Gulf, largely blotted out by a dense sandstorm.
The Bible says, " Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19–20, ESV).
Smoke from a fire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park Tuesday evening, Oct 9, blots out the sun from the vantage point near Deer Mtn.
The searing sun is blotted out by cardboard pasted over the windows.
The Earth's shadow will begin to blot out the moon at 1:32 am EST (10:32 pm PST).
Eugene Littlefield is referring to the giant black clouds of soil that would blot out the sun and swallow the countryside.
The moon is too far from Earth and appears too small in the sky to blot out the sun completely.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon lines up with the sun in the sky, blotting out the solar disk from a viewer's perspective on Earth.
For instance, the moon could itself pass in front of the star, blotting out a small fraction of starlight just before or just after the planet itself transits.
Swirling brown leaves blot out the horizon.
Rinse the turkey, inside and out, then drain and blot dry.
Opponents of Wailea 670 say the Land Use Committee blotted out the Sunshine Law.
And someone may be trying to blot out the sun forever.