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    Hi,

    In the following passage: "the radar went dark". does "went dark" mean "turned off"? "got blind"? Both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In the following passage: "the radar went dark". does "went dark" mean "turned off"? "got blind"? Both?
    Went dark = suddenly stopped showing any sign of working; so "turned off" is nearly right but doesn't have the implication that something had gone wrong. If a workman puts a pick-axe through a cable, your computer screen goes dark.

    There's a specialized use of 'go dark', referring to a theatre ceasing to operate. 'During the War, many London theatres went dark, but the Windmill never closed.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Went dark = suddenly stopped showing any sign of working; so "turned off" is nearly right but doesn't have the implication that something had gone wrong. If a workman puts a pick-axe through a cable, your computer screen goes dark.

    There's a specialized use of 'go dark', referring to a theatre ceasing to operate. 'During the War, many London theatres went dark, but the Windmill never closed.'

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    Interesting! Thank you!

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