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 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, "Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help," 25 Mar. 2020 That sets one of them up to be blindsided but also to have a redemption storyline as the Bachelorette. Martha Sorren,, "Don’t Count The Bachelor’s Hannah Ann Sluss Out For Bachelorette," 24 Feb. 2020 Xi would be far from the first authoritarian to have been blindsided. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 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, ""Survivor" addresses sexual harassment after contestant accused of "inappropriate touching"," 14 Nov. 2019 That stirred the protests – the largest since Russia’s last protest wave seven years ago – which seemed to blindside Moscow authorities with their size. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fury at elections snub brings Moscow’s professionals back to politics," 22 Aug. 2019 But a day later, an extraordinary scene played out on a conference phone call between Hazel and Justice Department officials, who appeared to be blindsided by the president’s comments online. Alan Rappeport,, "Justice Department Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders," 3 July 2019 Allies were also trying to gage the impact and said they were blindsided by Trump’s announcement. Nick Wadhams,, "Trump Says He’s Restricting Travel From Europe for 30 Days," 12 May 2020 However, Delgadillo said Airbnb's change to its cancellation policy blindsided her and felt the company assisted its guests but not its renters. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Widespread cancellations devastate Arizona Airbnb hosts amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Michael Conroy/Associated Press As a left tackle, Austin Jackson plays the role of protectorate — taking care of a precious commodity, a quarterback’s blind side. New York Times, "Who Is Austin Jackson? He Doesn’t Just Protect the Blind Side," 21 Apr. 2020 Smith said, a left-handed QB for which Staley was blocking his blind side. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How Central Michigan football evolved newly retired 49ers OL Joe Staley into an NFL great," 27 Apr. 2020 Travis Bruffy, OT Travis Bruffy held down the blind side after spending 2018 as a right tackle. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas Tech prospects most likely to be selected in the 2020 NFL draft," 31 Mar. 2020 Having left tackle Alex Leatherwood back is also a big deal for the right handers in the program who’d like to have their blind side protected. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What’s next for a post-Tua Alabama offense? Breaking down the next chapter.," 6 Jan. 2020 The Jets could re-sign (Kelvin) Beachum and draft Jones to play on the right side for a year before moving him over to the blind side. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH tackle Josh Jones generating plenty of buzz at Senior Bowl," 25 Jan. 2020 Staley, their 13th-year left tackle, had to be carted off from the Bengals sideline with a lower-leg injury, and that left rookie Justin Skule the massive responsibility of protecting Garoppolo’s blind side. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 41, Bengals 17: Studs and duds — Garoppolo, offense rule but Staley injured," 15 Sep. 2019 If the 6-6, 323-pound former St. Frances star can protect Jackson’s blind side from the left tackle spot, the offense has a chance to be dynamic. Don Markus,, "Maryland’s 11 most important players heading into the 2019 football season," 23 Aug. 2019 Now he's being asked to watch Tom Brady's blind side. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019

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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 Jul. 2020.

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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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