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    Hi, all :)
    I read The Marked Son by Shea Berkley and find this phrase (it's bolded below):



    A guy blanks out for half a second, and suddenly, we’re talking about soy? They’re not the kind of people who drink soy milk and eat tofu, I hope. Is this my last real meal before they bring out the granola?



    Does 'blank out' here have the same meaning with 'being confused'?


    Thanks for your gracious explanation :)

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    Default Re: blanks out

    Normally it would mean the same thing as "drawing a blank" - which means having a temporary memory failure.

    In this context, however, I think he meant that he was lost in thought for a moment or two, and wasn't paying attention to the conversation around him. I would have to see the preceding sentences to be sure.

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    Maybe it's a typo for 'blacks out'. For 'half a second' he is not following the conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe it's a typo for 'blacks out'. For 'half a second' he is not following the conversation.
    I thought of that possibility as well. Can't be of any more help, though, until the OP returns to the thread.

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    Default Re: blanks out

    blanks out = mentally "left" the conversation due to being bored; not concentrating on what was being said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    blanks out = mentally "left" the conversation due to being bored; not concentrating on what was being said.
    Yeah, except that that's not how the expression "blank out" is normally used. But I agree that this interpretation would make the most sense in the given context.

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    Default Re: blanks out

    Hi, all :)

    Sorry for the late reply. I had a problem with my internet connection.
    These are the preceeding sentences:


    I’m bored before Grandma takes her next breath. I pretend to pay attention, and instead, wonder how I’m going to survive this encounter. As I plan what classes I’ll need in order to graduate, I hear the words “rare,” “ancient breed,” and “soy.”

    A guy blanks out for half a second, and suddenly, we’re talking about soy? They’re not the kind of people who drink soy milk and eat tofu, I hope. Is this my last real meal before they bring out the granola?


    Perhaps it is not a typo for this text was copied directly from the e-book. And thank you all for your suggestions. I also agree that "blanks out = mentally "left" the conversation due to being bored; not concentrating on what was being said" would make the most sense in the given context. :)

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