blind·​side | \ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd \
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

blind side


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


The quarterback was blindsided just as he was about to throw a pass. We were all blindsided by the news of her sudden death.


He was hit on his blind side.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sandra Martz, Jenna’s mother, was blindsided by her husband’s request for a separation in 2015, and in the aftermath, the three Martz children watched their mother deteriorate. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "A battle for respect, then in the trenches: For Newport’s Jenna Martz, football is feminism," 26 Oct. 2018 How the entire chip industry was blindsided Meltdown and Spectre were revealed unexpectedly in late 2017, shortly before the vulnerabilities were due to be formally, quietly, disclosed during CES in January, 2018. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Solving Spectre and Meltdown may ultimately require an entirely new type of processor," 21 Aug. 2018 They felt blindsided by the sudden update and ignored by Google. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google is delaying a change that will break old web games — again," 15 Oct. 2018 My sense is, they are completely blindsided by what is going on in Myanmar at the moment. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 Trump’s aides felt blindsided by the Israeli request. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: From ‘I alone can fix it’ to ‘Congress alone can fix it,’ Trump passes the buck on family separation," 19 June 2018 That evening, Blake opened up about how he too was blindsided by heartbreak in his past. Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Explains Her Frustration Over Colton's Past with Tia: 'Can I Trust Him?'," 5 June 2018 Kolata, a science reporter for The Times, follows members of the Baxley family, who were blindsided after learning their father had a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ ‘Compass’," 25 May 2018 On Saturday, Cincinnati immediately had to play catch up after Walker was blindsided by Indy forward Jack McInerney in the fourth minute. Charlie Hatch,, "With Kenney Walker concussed, Will Seymore could be a new starter for FC Cincinnati," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Robinson could get another shot in Cleveland as new man on the blind side, a post where Thomas notched 10 consecutive Pro Bowl nods before tearing a triceps muscle last season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Joe Thomas replacement? Browns sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Robinson," 19 June 2018 Miller, 6-8 and 310 pounds, switched from right to left tackle his senior season and protected the blind side of Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen, who was taken at No. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders use draft pick, trade to bolster offense under new coach Jon Gruden," 27 Apr. 2018 Rear visibility is better than minivans or crossovers, aided by the 360-degree camera projection in the screen, and blind sides are minimized by enormous side mirrors. Robert Duffer,, "On the wagon: Volvo V90 Cross Country is an AWD alternative to minivan, crossover," 16 Oct. 2017 Making him the guardian of Tom Brady’s blind side is risky. Andy Benoit,, "NFL Draft Needs: All 32 Teams," 25 Apr. 2018 Second-year offensive tackle Julién Davenport will be given the first shot to win the starting job protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson’s blind side. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Julién Davenport gets first shot to win job at left tackle," 27 Mar. 2018 High picks belong to glamour positions that lead to scoring or sacking or sometimes protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Brad Biggs,, "Will a guard be drafted in the top 5? If so, Quenton Nelson won't make it to the Bears," 22 Mar. 2018 All people have their blind side—their superstitions. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "The Many Faces of ‘Blindsided,’ From Middle English to Donald Trump," 16 Mar. 2018 Zaha's assist was insightful seeing as van Aanholt was coming up on the winger's blind side, and his contributions will be vital if Palace are to stay up this season., "6 of the Best Moments From the Weekend's Premier League Action as Liverpool Struggle," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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

blind side


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

: the side that is not the side you are facing

blind side


Medical Definition of blind side 

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

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