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BL'ANCH, verb transitive

1. To whiten; to take out the color, and make white; to obliterate.

2. To slur; to balk; to pass over; that is to avoid; to make empty.

3. To strip or peel; as, to blanch almonds.

BL'ANCH, verb intransitive To evade; to shift; to speak softly.

Rather, to fail or withhold; to be reserved; to remain blank, or empty.

Books will speak plain, when counselors blanch