blind·​side | \ ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd How to pronounce blindside (audio) \
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

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea, Kevitt said, isn’t to blindside drivers or impose punitive fines, and the penalties would be civil rather than criminal. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Osbourne told the entertainment newsmagazine that the hosts agreed not to blindside each other after that exchange became emotional. David Bauder, ajc, 17 Mar. 2021 Harry added that their decision to step back as senior royals did not blindside the queen, his grandmother. NBC News, 8 Mar. 2021 The last episode saw Fessy blindside Nelson by opting to go into elimination, where the two competed in a Hall Brawl. Ben Flanagan |, al, 13 Jan. 2021 This tension is understandable: Mr. Esper does not want the military to be blindsided by adversaries who could take advantage of the viral outbreak. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020 That sets one of them up to be blindsided but also to have a redemption storyline as the Bachelorette. Martha Sorren,, 24 Feb. 2020 Xi would be far from the first authoritarian to have been blindsided. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2020 However, other contestants seized the opportunity to blindside Kim, who had been targeting Byrd earlier in the episode. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eze has potential to have a breakout season while protecting the blind side of Max Duggan -- someone who in the past hasn’t had much time in the pocket. Katherine G Griffith, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Others have proven their first-round credentials with a single Power 5 season protecting the blind side. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2021 Retaining a veteran to protect the first-year starter’s blind side should lift the confidence of the entire offense. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2021 Actions are more instructive about a team’s intentions than words, and the release of Leno, 29, means Jenkins could be the Week 1 starter on the blind side. Brad Biggs,, 3 May 2021 The position to protect Herbert’s blind side is Slater’s to lose. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 The Vikings aren't sure who will be protecting Kirk Cousins' blind side in 2021 with Riley Reiff now in Cincinnati. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Ballard specifically mentioned Cleveland’s left tackle, Jedrick Wills, who was a right tackle at Alabama and stepped right into the starting lineup on the blind side for one of the NFL’s best offensive lines last year. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2021 Still, the Panthers need someone to protect Darnold’s blind side, and Slater has the quickness and technique to do it. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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“Blindside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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

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

: the side that is not the side you are facing

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Medical Definition of blind side

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

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