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To forget, or to try to forget



to be unable to remember a fact or piece of information

blot out

to forget something unpleasant, or to make someone forget an unpleasant memory or feeling

blank out

if you blank out a feeling, memory, warning etc, you deliberately try not to think about it or try to forget it



to get rid of a memory, thought, or feeling from your mind

put something behind you

to forget something unpleasant that has happened to you, or to stop being affected by it

lose sight of

to forget an important fact, or to forget what your main aim is, because you are thinking too much about other things



if something escapes you, you cannot remember it or you do not notice it

slip your mind/memory

if something slips your mind/memory, you forget to do it

live down

to make people forget about something embarrassing or silly that you have done



to not remember to do something that you intended to do

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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