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.

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Today, the significance of Independence Day most commonly is communicated in the form of commodification and celebration with blinders on, a recurring practice in our nation’s history. Taina Mcfield, Essence, "My True Independence Day Hasn't Arrived Yet," 4 July 2019 Reading works like Miller’s provides a temporary opportunity to escape the blinders of self-interest. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 The reward was to sit back and see a big picture of the NFL and the game of football, as opposed to being in these buildings during the season with blinders on. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defensive," 20 Feb. 2019 Restoring California’s forests to health could take years, but the lesson of these fires is that the feds and state should drop their political blinders and do it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Paradise Lost," 12 Nov. 2018 The idea is also to sell the blinders for 35,000 yen (about $313), though the crowdfunding campaign is only about 52 percent to its goal. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The only thing that can protect you from your gadgets is more gadgets.," 15 Oct. 2018 Instead of forcing a tough shot, which Clarkson -- who often drives with blinders on -- was doing before getting pulled, Calderon found Love spotted up on the right side for a clean 3-pointer. Chris Fedor,, "Jose Calderon Effect: How the veteran is bringing out the best in Kevin Love, LeBron James and Cavaliers' offense," 4 Apr. 2018 To the Navalny activists in Kurgan, many of whom are also in their late teens and early 20s, Putin’s backers are living with blinders on. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Young Russians are Vladimir Putin’s biggest fans," 9 Mar. 2018 Right now, though, the lords of the city and county fiefdoms have their blinders on doing their own thing. Jason Williams,, "PX column: What's up with the barrage of tax hikes in Cincinnati and Hamilton County?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of blinder

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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