shoot blanks

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Nov 30 13:35:07 UTC 2010

Dipping into David Rakoff's Half Empty (it's so funny I have to read
other books in between), I've just come across the very common
expression "to shoot blanks" (to be sterile), which I'm sure we've all
heard hundreds of times over the years. It's not in the online OED or
any paper dictionary I know of.


Paul Frank
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