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black out

verb zero derivation, metaphor
to get so drunk that you can't remember what happened while you were drunk. This term is probably a zero derivation of the noun blackout, like when the power goes out in a house and it's too dark to see anything. Since these terms do not have exactly the same meaning, there is also some metaphor involved, meaning that your memory is like that dark house and you can't see anything in it.
 
Last night I blacked out and woke up with a tattoo that said "Mabel".
Etymology : probably zero derivation and metaphor from the noun "black out", like a power outage.
Source : friend at Rice University, November 2010
Last modified: 7 December 2010


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