Definition of block something out in English:

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block something out

1Stop something such as light or noise from reaching somewhere: you’re blocking out my sun
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  • I groaned, grabbing my pillow and placing it over my ears, blocking all noise out.
  • I usually just block such noises out because in the city there's always some lunatic running around shouting things but for some reason I ran to the cry for help.
  • Tony is talking, while Davy is trying to block the noise out with his pillow.
1.1Exclude something unpleasant from one’s thoughts or memory: they had managed to block out incidents from long ago
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  • Maybe we're just blocking it out like a bad memory or premonition.
  • I sighed, wondering why I had chosen to block the memories out in the first place.
  • He tried to block those memories out, but he couldn't in his nearly unconscious state.
conceal, hide, screen, keep out, blot out, exclude;
eliminate, obliterate, eradicate, erase, rub out, wipe out, blank out, efface, remove all traces of;
halt, stop, deny, suppress, repress
2Mark or sketch something out roughly: I would block out an area and sketch in the detail
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  • Sometimes, I'll start right on the computer and then have to slow down and block things out on paper to sort things out.
  • I write it down on my steno pad when the idea comes to me, and more or less block it out on paper first.
  • I designed it by blocking it out on a ‘clean sheet’ using an architect's program.
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