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    Black Out

    I have a question about the usage of the verb phrase "black here" here:


    "Buses with blacked-out windows roll by, ferrying mysterious passengers. Trucks haul in old limousines and haul out bullet-riddled blackened hulks."


    This dictionary entry 2b for "black something out" reads:


    "to cause (a place) to become dark"


    Since windows are not a place, is the example sentence's "blacked-out window" poor usage?

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    Re: Black Out

    To black out a window is to make the window opaque. There must be special reasons to make a normally transparent window opaque, probably for privacy or security.
    Blackout curtain is more common to block off light into a room to make it dark without blacking out the window.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Black Out

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    windows are not a place
    I think a window can be considered a place on a bus, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Black Out

    Don't worry about trying to consider them a place. What tedmc says is exactly right.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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