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

The president complained he had been blindsided by Trudeau’s criticism of the U.S. tariff threats. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 The president complained he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of the U.S. tariff threats. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Dwight, not knowing he had just been blindsided by his head coach, came off as an arrogant, two-faced fool. Mike Bianchi,, "Worst day of Dwight Howard's life was also one of worst days in Orlando Magic history," 18 June 2018 Kudlow appeared Sunday on CNN to back up Trump’s complaint that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. Jonathan Lemire,, "Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow ‘doing well’ after heart attack," 12 June 2018 South Korean President Moon Jae-In was blindsided by Trump, learning about his summit decision only after the news broke. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Key US allies 'perplexed' as Trump treats friends like enemies," 26 May 2018 He was blindsided in April in New York, and again later that month in Anaheim, where just across town the Dodgers had lost shortstop Corey Seager for the season. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Manny Machado, on final stop of pre-deadline tour of contenders, addresses possibility of a future in Philadephia," 4 July 2018 At South Korea’s presidential Blue House, officials were blindsided. Author: Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began," 25 May 2018 White House aides were blindsided when Giuliani said Wednesday night that the president had repaid Cohen for $130,000 that was given to Daniels to keep her quiet before the 2016 election about her allegations of an affair with Trump., "Trump suggests Giuliani misspoke on adult film star," 4 May 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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