blindside

[blahynd-sahyd]
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verb (used with object), blind·sid·ed, blind·sid·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. Informal. to attack critically where a person is vulnerable, uninformed, etc.: The president was blindsided by the press on the latest tax bill.

Origin of blindside

First recorded in 1970–75; v. use of noun phrase blind side
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Related Words for blind-sided

bushwhack, sucker-punch

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Contemporary Examples of blind-sided

  • When a suicide occurs, family members and loved ones are often blind-sided.

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    A Sister's Tragic Loss

    Jane Ciabattari

    March 4, 2011

  • The excuse that Netanyahu was blind-sided by settler gremlins in the Interior ministry strains credulity.

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    Why Bibi Humiliated Biden

    Martin Indyk

    March 11, 2010