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 Springora wrote, recalling how the blinders fell from her eyes. Fox News, "France's #MeToo moment? Woman's book alleges sex with 'ogre' author when she was a minor," 13 Jan. 2020 Black voters are rightly touted as the most pragmatic of voters in the nation given the reality that unlike select others, Black people in America typically cannot live without blinders. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Joe Biden’s Campaign Keeps Being Celebrated For Its ‘Resilience,’ But What About Bernie Sanders?," 18 Dec. 2019 By necessity, aggressively racing toward an end-goal forces us to put our blinders on. Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "Is our misguided affair with agility putting speed ahead of good work?," 17 Dec. 2019 If the Target in Lake Forest has a sale on earmuffs and blinders, Nagy would be wise to fill a shopping cart or two. Dan Wiederer,, "Matt Nagy’s last-place Bears aren’t meeting expectations — and the fan base is enraged. How will he respond?," 31 Oct. 2019 Hey, there’s a lot of money in blinders: Mohammed bin Salman said recently that the fund was on track to managing $600 billion in assets in 2020. Wired, "The Uber CEO's Mistaken Notion of What a Mistake Is," 11 Nov. 2019 Those eye blinders that racehorses wear so they don’t get distracted? Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, "How to watch the next Democratic debate," 14 Oct. 2019 This country loves to see itself through the blinders of platitudes like those espoused by DeGeneres this week. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Stop Trying To Sanitize The Image Of A War Criminal," 10 Oct. 2019 All that brazenness finally drove the left to drop its multicultural blinders and accept the truth of renegade Chinese oppression. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How China ‘Woke’ America," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blinder

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Blinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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