block out
   to kill
   The imagery is from the word-processor or computer, where matter can be made instantly to disappear from the screen or file, sometimes inadvertently:
    I'm aware of his CV... That's why I wanted him blocked out. (Strong, 1997)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • block out — [v1] plan course arrange, chart, map out, outline, prepare, sketch; concept 36 block out [v2] try to forget close, conceal, cover, hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud, shut off, shut out; concept 40 Ant. recall, remember …   New thesaurus

  • block out — (something) 1. to ignore something. After a while you become good at forcing yourself to block out the pain. 2. to make time available. When was the last time you blocked out two hours to do whatever you felt like doing? …   New idioms dictionary

  • block out — index delineate, frame (construct), plan, program Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • block out — verb 1. plan where and when songs should be inserted into a theatrical production, or plan a theatrical production in general (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑lay out • Verb Frames: Somebody s something 2. prevent from entering block out the strong… …   Useful english dictionary

  • block out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms block out : present tense I/you/we/they block out he/she/it blocks out present participle blocking out past tense blocked out past participle blocked out 1) to stop light or sound from reaching something That… …   English dictionary

  • block out — verb a) to prevent from entering or penetrating High factor suncream blocks out the suns rays. b) to prevent (a thought) from entering ones mind. After finding out she had terminal cancer, she tried to block out any thoughts of her own mortality …   Wiktionary

  • Block Out — Blockout Blockout Éditeur California Dreams Développeur P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group Concepteur Alexander Ustaszewski …   Wikipédia en Français

  • block out — phr verb Block out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑light, ↑memory, ↑noise, ↑pain, ↑sight, ↑sun, ↑sunlight …   Collocations dictionary

  • block out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone blocks out a thought, they try not to think about it. [V P n (not pron)] She accuses me of having blocked out the past... [V n P of n] I had to block the thought out of my mind. Syn: blank out 2) PHRASAL VERB Something… …   English dictionary

  • block out — Synonyms and related words: adumbrate, block in, brief, carve, cast, chalk out, characterize, chisel, close, create, cut, delineate, detail, draft, efform, enumerate, fashion, figure, fix, forge, form, formalize, found, frame, hew, itemize, knead …   Moby Thesaurus

  • block out — v. repress, take out of mind, ignore …   English contemporary dictionary

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