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My name is _____.

fill in the blank

  1. (usually used attributively) A type of question or phrase with one or more words replaced with a blank line, giving the reader the chance to add the missing word(s).
    The test consisted of fill-in-the-blank sentences.
    • 2009, Randy Huddleston, Getting to Know God[1], page 43:
      The emphasis on doing the Bible study portion. This is not a fill in the blank with a simple answer from the Bible that “says” what we are looking for.

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fill in the blank

  1. To answer or complete a fill in the blank.
  2. (idiomatic, figuratively) To complete the interruption, ambiguity or vagueness in understanding, perception or context of a situation.
    • 2010, George Friedman, Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion:
      The Zionists intended to shape the perceptions of a global public with limited interest in or understanding of the issues, filling in the blanks with their own narrative.
    • 2011, Debra Ginsberg, The Neighbors Are Watching: A Novel[2], page 55:
      It was important that she make something memorable. She wanted to be complimented. She wanted people to go home after the party and say, “Wasn't Dorothy's — fill in the blank — amazing?"