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blank the white in the centre of the butts (see clout), also the mark or aim in gunnery: “the blank And level of my brain,” THE WINTER'S TALE, ii. 3. 5 (the mark and range or line of aim); “ As level as the cannon to his blank,” HAMLET, iv. 1. 42 ; “The true blank of thine eye,” KING LEAR, i. 1. 158 ; “within the blank of his displeasure,OTHELLO, iii. 4. 129. ( “shot,” JOHNSON)

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