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look blank

Be expressionless, appear dumbstruck or overwhelmed. For example, When I asked her how to get to the hospital, she looked blank. [ c. 1700 ]
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  • She glared an intensity of ill-feeling at Jerry, which the latter longed to return, but did nothing worse than look blank.

  • The countenances of the Frenchmen at length, however, began to look blank.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • He could only press her hand, and look blank,—understanding that there was something which he ought to have heard.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Our good friend the peddler will look blank enough when morning comes and they find the birds are flown.

    In the Wars of the Roses Evelyn Everett-Green
  • “Pretty well,” is the reply of the ignoramus, looking blank at the same time, and why should he not look blank?

  • The score creeps up to fifty; the boys begin to look blank; and the spectators, who are now mustering strong, are very silent.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • Her young companion glanced at her for a moment, and saw her look blank and even confounded.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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