blindside

verb
blind·​side | \ ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd How to pronounce blindside (audio) \
blindsided; blindsiding; blindsides

Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit unexpectedly from or as if from the blind side blindside the quarterback
2 : to surprise unpleasantly

blind side

noun

Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the side away from which one is looking
2 : the side on which one that is blind in one eye cannot see

Examples of blindside in a Sentence

Verb

The quarterback was blindsided just as he was about to throw a pass. We were all blindsided by the news of her sudden death.

Noun

He was hit on his blind side.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, Pelosi, D-Calif., told her colleagues in a private meeting Thursday, she was blindsided. Author: Mike Debonis, Rachael Bade, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A betrayal’: Inside Pelosi, Schumer’s rift on border bill," 29 June 2019 Both Market America and Roc Nation, DJ Khaled’s management company, said the decision had blindsided them. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "A Billboard No. 1 Is at Stake, So Here’s an Album With Your Taylor Swift Hoodie," 9 June 2019 Now that the doctors appointments had slowed and the physical treatment had almost finished, the ferocity of cancer’s emotional aftermath blindsided me. Terri Wingham, https://www.inquirer.com, "Breast cancer stole the life she had. So she started a new one.," 6 June 2019 He was blindsided by Trump’s decision to cancel the summit, less than a day after the South Korean leader returned from a meeting in the Oval Office. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, "South Korea’s President Moon is the man in the (very precarious) middle," 28 May 2018 Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in a push to stop the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Time, "'It's Bad News For the Free Market.' U.S. Businesses Are Spooked by President Trump's Trade Policies," 12 June 2019 Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in a push to stop the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Paul Wiseman And Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "Businesses showing discontent with Trump's trade policies," 12 June 2019 Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in a push to stop the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, "Businesses Are Getting Spooked by Trump's Trade Policy," 12 June 2019 She's thus blindsided by the prospect of losing her show, or the fact that having an all-white-male writing staff might somehow be bad optics. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night' pulls back the curtain on late-night TV," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tackles, in particular left tackles—who protect the blind side of right-handed quarterbacks—have long held outsize importance and have been paid commensurately. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Modern NFL Is Moving Beyond the ‘Blind Side’ to a New Guard," 13 Dec. 2018 Yes, the left tackle protects the QB’s blind side, but the right tackle protects the QB’s throwing shoulder, and many of the best pass rushers play opposite the right tackle. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Brady and Gronk Stay Home; What Does That Mean for The Patriot Way?," 20 Apr. 2018 Robinson could get another shot in Cleveland as new man on the blind side, a post where Thomas notched 10 consecutive Pro Bowl nods before tearing a triceps muscle last season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Joe Thomas replacement? Browns sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Robinson," 19 June 2018 Miller, 6-8 and 310 pounds, switched from right to left tackle his senior season and protected the blind side of Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen, who was taken at No. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders use draft pick, trade to bolster offense under new coach Jon Gruden," 27 Apr. 2018 Rear visibility is better than minivans or crossovers, aided by the 360-degree camera projection in the screen, and blind sides are minimized by enormous side mirrors. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "On the wagon: Volvo V90 Cross Country is an AWD alternative to minivan, crossover," 16 Oct. 2017 Making him the guardian of Tom Brady’s blind side is risky. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL Draft Needs: All 32 Teams," 25 Apr. 2018 Second-year offensive tackle Julién Davenport will be given the first shot to win the starting job protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson’s blind side. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Julién Davenport gets first shot to win job at left tackle," 27 Mar. 2018 High picks belong to glamour positions that lead to scoring or sacking or sometimes protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Will a guard be drafted in the top 5? If so, Quenton Nelson won't make it to the Bears," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blindside

Verb

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blindside

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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: to hit (someone who is facing in another direction) suddenly and very hard
: to surprise or shock (someone) in a very unpleasant way

blind side

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

: the side that is not the side you are facing

blind side

noun

Medical Definition of blind side

: the side on which one who is blind in one eye cannot see

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