block sth out


block sth out
1 to stop light passing: a heavy curtain blocking out the light
2 (intransitive, transitive block something out) to stop yourself thinking about something, or remembering it: a memory so terrible that she tried to block it out

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • ˌblock sth ˈout — phrasal verb 1) to stop light or sound from reaching something That tree in the neighbour s garden blocks out a lot of light.[/ex] 2) to stop yourself from thinking about or remembering something He had always managed to block out the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • block sth in/out phrasal — verb (T) to make a drawing of something that gives a general idea but is not exact: I ll just block in the main buildings …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • block — block1 W2S2 [blɔk US bla:k] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(solid material)¦ 2¦(streets/area)¦ 3¦(large building)¦ 4¦(quantity of things)¦ 5 block booking/voting 6¦(inability to think)¦ 7¦(stopping movement)¦ 8¦(punishment)¦ 9 put your he …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • block — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 solid piece of sth ADJECTIVE ▪ big, huge, large, massive ▪ small ▪ solid ▪ cement …   Collocations dictionary

  • block*/*/ — [blɒk] noun [C] I 1) a large building with a lot of different levels an apartment/office block[/ex] The whole block of flats was destroyed.[/ex] 2) a solid piece of wood, stone, ice etc with straight sides a block of marble[/ex] 3) an amount of… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • map something out — OUTLINE, set out, lay out, sketch out, trace out, rough out, block out, delineate, detail, draw up, formulate, work out, frame, draft, plan, plot out, arrange, design, programme. → map * * * plan a route or course of action in detail I mapped out …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough something out — DRAFT, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up; formal adumbrate. → rough * * * ˌrough sthˈout derived to draw or write sth without including all the details • I ve roughed out a few ideas. Main entry: ↑rough …   Useful english dictionary

  • talk something out — Brit. (in Parliament) block the course of a bill by prolonging discussion to the time of adjournment * * * ˌtalk sthˈout derived to discuss sth thoroughly in order to make a decision, solve a problem, etc • We need to talk out the issue with the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock — knock1 W3S1 [nɔk US na:k] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(door)¦ 2¦(hit and move something)¦ 3¦(hit somebody hard)¦ 4¦(hit part of your body)¦ 5 knock on doors 6 be knocking on the door 7¦(remove wall)¦ 8 knock a hole in/through something 9¦(criticize)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knock — 1 verb 1 DOOR/WINDOW (T) to hit a door or window with your closed hand to attract the attention of the people inside: Why don t you knock before you come in? (+ at/on): I turned to see Jane knocking frantically on the taxi window. 2 HIT/MAKE STH… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English