blindside

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verb

blind·​side ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd How to pronounce blindside (audio)
blindsided; blindsiding; blindsides

transitive verb

1
: to hit unexpectedly from or as if from the blind side
blindside the quarterback
2
: to surprise unpleasantly

blind side

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noun

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

Verb The quarterback was blindsided just as he was about to throw a pass. We were all blindsided by the news of her sudden death. Noun He was hit on his blind side.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Feeling safe, Jem didn't use her idol and the tribe blindsided her. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 The diagnosis — which was made public Jan. 9, about a week after he had been hospitalized with complications from cancer surgery, blindsiding even the White House — has renewed public discussion around prostate cancer in the Black community. Lauren Dunn, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Williams was blindsided by the move and requested a trade this offseason. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 4 Jan. 2024 Arizona public schools are bracing for significant cuts to funding for low-income students after school leaders say they were blindsided by an Arizona Department of Education decision announced earlier this month. Nick Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 Some sellers have appeared blindsided by the news, while others have been sharing advice on potential workarounds. Jason Del Rey, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2024 Merit can’t control how or when she’s blindsided by memories of Zoe. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 The meteoric rise of 20-year-old Irish singer-songwriter Nell Mescal as a representative voice for Gen Z audiences had blindsided the Latitude bookers, but on this occasion, the scale of the turnout rocked Mescal herself, too. Max Pilley, SPIN, 22 Jan. 2024 This isn't the first time the network has come under accusations of blindsiding their cast members, with Teresa Giudice long claiming she was never told her brother and sister-in-law, Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga, would be joining The Real Housewives of New Jersey back in season 3. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2023
Noun
Jackson is the protector of Matthew Stafford’s blind side, a key blocker for Kyren Williams and the steadying force on an offensive line that has been the key to the Los Angeles offense's success. Greg Beacham, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 An honorable mention for Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Banks will be responsible for guarding Ewers’ blind side once again in 2023. Corey Smith, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 There should be concerns about protecting Tagovailoa’s blind side Sunday. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 The big guy is back as the protector of Jones’s blind side. Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2023 New York Jets – OT Broderick Jones, Georgia Probably this draft's premier pass blocker, the 6-5, 311-pound All-SEC performer capably guarded QB Stetson Bennett IV's blind side the past two years as the Bulldogs won a pair of national title. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 Smith, who underwent hamstring surgery Friday, is not expected to return until December which means more than just the absence of a great blind side protector for Prescott. Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2022 Rodgers’ day ended when he was touched for a would-be sack (the play was whistled dead, of course) by edge rusher Brian Burns, who barreled in from the quarterback’s blind side. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 The offensive line, specifically the right tackle that protects his blind side, either Austin Jackson or Brandon Shell, will have to be on top of his game, which is the case for the entire pass protection unit that includes tight ends and running backs. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blindside was in 1606

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“Blindside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blindside. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

blind side

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

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