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draw a blank

Definition of draw a blank in English:

Elicit no successful response; fail: the search drew a blank
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  • Within days of his death, they went to the home of his widow and daughters to conduct an early-morning search, but drew a blank.
  • As their searches drew a blank, fears grew that she had been abducted, or even run away from the school party.
  • Many searches ultimately draw a blank, but people do turn up on occasion.
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