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 Blaney.Blank Cheque. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Blank Cartridge.
 
Cartridge with powder only, that is, without shot, bullet, or ball. Used in drill and in saluting. Figuratively, empty threats.   1
 


 Blaney.Blank Cheque. 

 
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