“Drawing a Blank”

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Where did the idiom “Drawing a Blank.” come from?

Meaning: Unable to recall something.

Background: The phrase “drawing a blank” refers to a lottery. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I decided to raise money through a national lottery system. No scratch tickets or plastic balls with numbers on them were involved! Instead, there were two “lot pots” — one with tickets of players’ names, and the other with an equal number of tickets that had prizes written on them. Not all of them had a prize written on it, though, and the phrase “drawing a blank” was born.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-origins-of-popular-sayings-slideshow.html#ixzz2LTupAcfg

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