blindside

[ blahynd-sahyd ]
/ ˈblaɪndˌsaɪd /

verb (used with object), blind·sid·ed, blind·sid·ing.

Sports. to tackle, hit, or attack (an opponent) from the blind side: The quarterback was blindsided and had the ball knocked out of his hand.
Informal. to attack critically where a person is vulnerable, uninformed, etc.: The president was blindsided by the press on the latest tax bill.

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Origin of blindside

First recorded in 1970–75; v. use of noun phrase blind side

Definition for blindside (2 of 2)

blind side

noun

the part of one's field of vision, as to the side and rear, where one is unable to see approaching objects.
the side opposite that toward which a person is looking.

Origin of blind side

First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for blindside

blind side

noun

rugby the side of the field between the scrum and the nearer touchline
the side on which a person's vision is obscured

verb blind-side

(tr) US to take (someone) by surprise
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Idioms and Phrases with blindside

blind side

see under blind spot.

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