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

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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 The idea, Kevitt said, isn’t to blindside drivers or impose punitive fines, and the penalties would be civil rather than criminal. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Speeding in L.A.? Soon, you might be on camera, with a ticket in the mail," 18 Mar. 2021 Osbourne told the entertainment newsmagazine that the hosts agreed not to blindside each other after that exchange became emotional. David Bauder, ajc, "UPDATE: Sharon Osbourne says she’s ‘been set up’; weighing return to ‘The Talk’," 17 Mar. 2021 Harry added that their decision to step back as senior royals did not blindside the queen, his grandmother. NBC News, "Prince Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah: Top takeaways," 8 Mar. 2021 The last episode saw Fessy blindside Nelson by opting to go into elimination, where the two competed in a Hall Brawl. Ben Flanagan |, al, "MTV The Challenge: Double Agents Episode 5 | How to watch, time, stream, channel," 13 Jan. 2021 This tension is understandable: Mr. Esper does not want the military to be blindsided by adversaries who could take advantage of the viral outbreak. New York Times, "Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help," 25 Mar. 2020 That sets one of them up to be blindsided but also to have a redemption storyline as the Bachelorette. Martha Sorren,, "Don’t Count The Bachelor’s Hannah Ann Sluss Out For Bachelorette," 24 Feb. 2020 Xi would be far from the first authoritarian to have been blindsided. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 However, other contestants seized the opportunity to blindside Kim, who had been targeting Byrd earlier in the episode. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Survivor" addresses sexual harassment after contestant accused of "inappropriate touching"," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Vikings need a left tackle to replace Riley Reiff, and they’ve been intrigued by Darrisaw, who’d give them a capable pass protector for Kirk Cousins’ blind side. Los Angeles Times, "NFL beat writers mock draft: Will it be a historic year for QBs?," 26 Apr. 2021 The new leader up front is junior Evan Neal, who may shift from right tackle to Young's blind side. USA Today, "Alabama football lost some star power, so watching national champions try to repeat will be fascinating," 16 Apr. 2021 The Colts add a versatile lineman who can play both guard and tackle, giving them the luxury of sliding Quenton Nelson out to the edge to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL mock draft 2021: Colts have passing game needs -- on offense and defense," 10 Mar. 2021 But there aren't many 6-9, 320-pounders lying around who can so capably protect a quarterback's blind side, and Villanueva remains one of the league's better pass blockers. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Top 10 remaining NFL free agents: Will any sign before 2021 draft?," 9 Apr. 2021 But the Aztecs solved their issues inside with Washington, bringing a double-team from the blind side if a guard had switched onto him. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs reach another Mountain West final with 13th straight win," 12 Mar. 2021 Because of the rise of shotgun and pistol formations, the blind side is less hidden now, but most right-handed quarterbacks are still more comfortable reading and throwing to their right than their left, Thorn said. Jonas Shaffer,, "Is Orlando Brown Jr. better off at left tackle? That question could drive the Ravens’ trade market.," 1 Mar. 2021 Newman coach Nelson Stewart said Bordelon vastly improved the Newman offensive line while Bordelon protected the blind side of sophomore quarterback Arch Manning. Chris Dabe,, "Newman offensive lineman Bo Bordelon makes LSU commitment, follows father's path," 31 Jan. 2021 The 38-year-old veteran also has been graded as one of the NFL’s most effective left tackles this season, both in run-blocking and in protecting Goff’s blind side. Mark Heim |, al, "Rams vs. Buccaneers live stream (11/23): How to watch Monday Night Football online, TV, time," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of blindside


1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blindside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

: the side that is not the side you are facing

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Medical Definition of blind side

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

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