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 Pompeo asked whether he was blindsided by Bolton's resignation, given that Bolton was supposed to be at the briefing with him and Mnuchin on Tuesday. Grace Segers, CBS News, "John Bolton out as Trump's national security adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 Brilliant Home had worked on its smart home controller for three years, and it was blindsided by the Trump tariffs just a few weeks before its launch. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Trump’s tariffs will hurt US tech companies," 18 Sep. 2018 Los Angeles officials were blindsided by news of the sweeping plans being considered by the administration for the city’s homeless population. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "Trump officials tour unused FAA facility in California in search for place to relocate homeless people," 13 Sep. 2019 Canada was blindsided by NC State’s decision to fire him in 2015, especially following a season in which the Wolfpack averaged more points a game than all but two teams in program history. Ross Dellenger,, "Where in the World Is Matt Canada—and Why Doesn't He Have a Job?," 27 Aug. 2019 White House officials were blindsided when Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif showed up in Biarritz this weekend. NBC News, "Five big political stories that didn't get enough attention this summer," 26 Aug. 2019 White House aides said Sunday they were blindsided by the unanticipated visitor, and that some were furious at the French over the move. Petra Cahill, NBC News, ""They want to make a deal," President Donald Trump expressed optimism about a possible Chinese trade deal.," 26 Aug. 2019 When Jennifer Ashton’s ex-husband Rob Ashton died by suicide in 2017, her family was blindsided. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, "Is Suicide Preventable? Experts Weigh In," 22 Aug. 2019 Or most recently being blindsided by his opponent Julian Castro, who in the first Democratic primary debate sternly accused him of not doing his homework on immigration. Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke's mother has this to say about her son's White House ambitions," 28 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Redshirt freshman John Campbell won a preseason competition to start at right tackle, and a true freshman in Zion Nelson will be protecting Williams’ blind side in Orlando on Saturday night after holding onto that spot throughout training camp. David Furones,, "Freshman tackles a question mark vs. Gators; here’s why Hurricanes believe Nelson, Campbell will be unfazed," 20 Aug. 2019 Garoppolo did not look comfortable in the pocket, often with Bradley Chubb applying pressure from Garoppolo’s blind side. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers Garoppolo update: How he looks in exhibition debut," 19 Aug. 2019 Indianapolis took advantage last week, repeatedly harassing Philip Rivers from the blind side. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 13 things to watch in Colts vs. Titans game," 14 Sep. 2019 Most importantly for the Patriots, however, Wynn started his first game in front of Tom Brady, whose 42-year-old blind side Wynn will be entrusted to protect if all goes according to plan this season. Tara Sullivan,, "How the Patriots are counting on second-year tackle Isaiah Wynn," 24 Aug. 2019 For a typical offense with a righthanded quarterback, the left tackle is the lead pass blocker, charged with protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Greg Luca,, "UTSA offensive line adjusting to having mobile lefty at QB," 11 Sep. 2019 Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt needs to protect Rivers’ blind side. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: vs. Colts," 8 Sep. 2019 But instead of having an Associated Press preseason first-team All-American protecting the blind side of the Stanford quarterback on Saturday, Costello or Mills will have true freshman Walter Rouse starting at left tackle. Jake Curtis,, "Will Stanford have QB K.J. Costello for Pac-12 opener against USC?," 3 Sep. 2019 The two former Baltimore high school standouts will be responsible for protecting new quarterback Josh Jackson’s blind side. Don Markus,, "Maryland’s former Baltimore stars Ellis McKennie, Jaelyn Duncan battling for starting left tackle job," 29 Aug. 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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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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