Meaning of “draw a blank” in the English Dictionary

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"draw a blank" in British English

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draw a blank

informal

to fail to get an answer or a result:

He asked me for my phone number and I drew a blank - I just couldn't remember it.

(Definition of “draw a blank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"draw a blank" in American English

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draw a blank

to fail to remember something:

He said we’d met before, but I just drew a blank (= I did not remember him).

(Definition of “draw a blank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)