Without having viewed the object in question, as in He bought the horse sight unseen. This seeming oxymoron—how can a sight, which means something seen, be not seen?—dates from the late 1800s.
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There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gathering of the thousands of cops had been a soul-stirring sight.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thanks to the Atlanta case, they can now see another in plain sight.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wonder if the seasoned salesman can spot the billionaires on sight.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.
And he was gone, and out of sight on the swift galloping Benito, before Father Gaspara bethought himself.
A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.Children's Ways|James Sully
But at the instant I caught a sight of my counterfeit presentment in a shop window, and veiled my haughty crest.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
The Vine is a universal favorite, and rarely out of view; while it often seems to cover half the ground in sight.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
At the sight, Felipe flung himself on his knees before her; he kissed the aged hands as they lay trembling in her lap.