blind·​er ˈblīn-dər How to pronounce blinder (audio)
plural blinders
: either of two flaps on a horse's bridle to keep it from seeing objects at its sides
blinders plural : a limitation or obstruction to sight or discernment
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 In one scenario the Wave would play both the semifinals and final at home Sept. 9, 2023 9:27 AM PT Facebook Show more sharing options The Wave would do well to keep the sports blinders attached. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 New Yorkers who had creative blinders on and weren’t able to see beyond two feet in front of them began to adopt a different perspective in their process. Ryan Leas, Pitchfork, 22 Aug. 2023 Do your best to put your blinders on, avoid letting their negative comments slow down your ambition, and keep on keeping on. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 3 July 2023 Put your crossword blinders on and attack one column of clues in its entirety before trying the others. Sam Corbin, New York Times, 25 June 2023 His favorite setup is the Victor snap trap, modified with wooden blinders so the rats must enter headfirst. Oliver Whang, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023 Another, butanal, prevented the CO2 sensors from working, while 2,3-butanedione functioned as a blinder, flooding mosquitoes’ sensors with signals, thereby rendering them useless. Jason Daley, Discover Magazine, 14 Nov. 2011 After New Zealand went 32 deliveries without a boundary - an eternity in the crash and brash of T20 - the diminutive skipper, who is a stylish, classical batter, played a blinder. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 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, 9 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blinder was in 1807

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“Blinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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blind·​er ˈblīn-dər How to pronounce blinder (audio)
: either of two leather flaps on a horse's bridle to keep it from seeing to the side
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