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

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

Hannah was, to put it mildly, totally blindsided when Colton sent her home after meeting his family. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Hannah Brown, the 'Bachelor' Star Looking for "Fierce Love"?," 6 Mar. 2019 After the articles came out, Mr. Kroll was deflated and Mr. Yusupov blindsided. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.," 15 Feb. 2019 The impact has reverberated through Amazon, where some senior leaders feel blindsided by the tweet and his subsequent missive, said people familiar with the matter. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos’ Journey From Private Family Man to Tabloid Sensation," 10 Feb. 2019 After being blindsided by his parents’ divorce announcement, the ingenuous, intellectually omnivorous Ben makes an unlikely run for student council, for which he is bullied by kids at school. New York Times, "In a Newbery Medalist’s Latest Novel, Friends Find Solace in Words," 24 May 2018 Some members of his staff were angry at being blindsided. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "Trump’s favorite general: Can Mattis check an impulsive president and still retain his trust?," 7 Feb. 2018 But they were blindsided when the president proposed removing all U.S. troops from Syria, the officials said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Mattis, Blindsided by Trump’s Syria Decision, Resigned Days Later," 21 Dec. 2018 So they were blindsided when the doctor told them Ami was cancer-free. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Inside 'Alaskan Bush People' Star Ami Brown's Scary Cancer Battle," 19 Aug. 2018 In a move that blindsided the West Wing and sent Hill Republicans into a tizzy, [Giuliani] is throwing his support behind an obscure House candidate in Louisiana trying to take out incumbent GOP Rep. Clay Higgins. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tackles, in particular left tackles—who protect the blind side of right-handed quarterbacks—have long held outsize importance and have been paid commensurately. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Modern NFL Is Moving Beyond the ‘Blind Side’ to a New Guard," 13 Dec. 2018 Yes, the left tackle protects the QB’s blind side, but the right tackle protects the QB’s throwing shoulder, and many of the best pass rushers play opposite the right tackle. Andy Benoit,, "Brady and Gronk Stay Home; What Does That Mean for The Patriot Way?," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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

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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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