[ 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)
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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Example sentences from the Web for blindside
When a suicide occurs, family members and loved ones are often blind-sided.
The excuse that Netanyahu was blind-sided by settler gremlins in the Interior ministry strains credulity.
British Dictionary definitions for blindside
rugby the side of the field between the scrum and the nearer touchline
the side on which a person's vision is obscured
(tr) US to take (someone) by surprise
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Idioms and Phrases with blindside
see under blind spot.
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