draw a blank



draw a blank (see draw for conjugation)

  1. (idiomatic) To be unable to produce a required piece of information.
    I should know that person's name, but I'm drawing a blank.
  2. To fail; to produce no successful response.
    • 1856, Lucius Manlius Sargent, Dealings with the Dead (volume 2, page 472)
      "Oh," she replied, "when I came to think of it, I saw, that you were right. I thought, 'twas quite likely it [the lottery ticket] would draw a blank. []

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