intransitive phrasal verb: black out


Here’s a good expression for everyone out there who likes to drink a lot: black out. This is used when someone loses part of their memory because of drinking too much alcohol or because of some kind of shock. The memory loss can be quite short (a few minutes) or much longer (all day or night). For example:

I don’t know how I got home last night. I was drinking at the bar, and I blacked out. My friend must have brought me home.

I can’t remember what happened at the end of the party. I was drinking vodka, and I completely blacked out.

A: What did Frank do after he heard about his wife’s death?

B: He says he can’t remember. He must have blacked out from the shock.

So this is a nice short entry for today as we head into the weekend. I hope nobody blacks out from drinking too much on Saturday night. 🙂

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