blind·​er | \ ˈblīn-dər How to pronounce blinder (audio) \
plural blinders

Definition of blinder

1 : either of two flaps on a horse's bridle to keep it from seeing objects at its sides
2 blinders plural : a limitation or obstruction to sight or discernment
3 British, informal : something (such as an athletic play) dazzlingly excellent or remarkable Andrew Chidgey (58) held the Stapleton innings together and Ghulam Shabbir briefly threatened with a lively 23 but Timsbury held some important catches, including a blinder from Greg Passingham …Bath Chronicle

Examples of blinder in a Sentence

Their team played a blinder to beat us in the closing seconds of the match.
Recent Examples on the Web Woodall claims the conversation rid him of a blinder, and goes on to speak about a similar experience with A.J. Crabill, the former deputy commissioner for education in Texas, who is a black man. Midland Reporter-telegram, Houston Chronicle, "Petition demands removal of Odessa school board member who shared anti-Semitic, racist posts," 9 June 2020 Tomaszewski had a blinder, conceding just the solitary goal, despite facing 36 shots and 26 corners, with Alf Ramsey also watching his side twice hit the woodwork and have four attempts cleared off the line., "10 of England's Most Heartbreaking Moments in International Football," 2 Nov. 2019 Part of the network’s practical value lies in teaching privileged men like that Army officer—and me—where our cultural blinders are. Andrew Blum, The New Republic, "Why the U.S. Buys Too Many Missiles and Not Enough Masks," 21 Apr. 2020 The abstract answer is that all the things that characters in a short story notice need to hold an emotional charge for them: a character oppressed will observe with blinders; a character unloosed will feel her body coming to life. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, "A Conversation With Lauren Groff About Her Writing Process," 14 Jan. 2020 There are actual, real-world reasons to critique the NFL's blinder-heavy approach to the future. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Don't criticize Roger Goodell about NFL draft going on as scheduled, commissioner warns," 27 Mar. 2020 Longtime readers of the site, though, have noted that the site no longer functions this way, in part because the Internet isn’t currently a space conducive to blinders and circumscription. Ross Scarano, Billboard, "What's the Place of Morality in Music Criticism?," 6 May 2019 So many of us go into these things with blinders on. Condé Nast Traveler, "An Honest Conversation About Saving and Budgeting for Travel," 19 Feb. 2020 Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were happy to take Weinstein’s money too, blinders clamped on. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Finally, a Harvey Weinstein Movie," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of blinder

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blinder

chiefly US : leather pieces that are placed on either side of a horse's head next to its eyes in order to keep the horse from seeing what is beside it
British, informal : a very exciting or impressive performance or action in a game such as cricket or soccer

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