sight unseen


: without inspection or appraisal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Given that the pair just tied the knot sight unseen, Dom grilled Mack further on his decision-making skills. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2023 Norton said yes to Glass Onion sight unseen. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 7 Nov. 2022 Booking on Resy, sight unseen, is pure chaos. Curbed, 24 Oct. 2022 There are different stories about who first discovered the house: Either Vidal visited it during a sojourn in the late 1940s with his playwright pal Williams and later bought it sight unseen, or Austen spotted a newspaper advertisement and visited it twice before giving the thumbs-up. Christopher Bollen, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 The only way to see what’s on the other side of the wall is to get engaged and agree to marry each other...sight unseen, as hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey remind everyone at the beginning of the new season. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 24 Mar. 2023 Despite the genre of dating shows being incredibly saturated, the premise of the Netflix original was refreshingly unique: a group of lovesick people gets to know each other through a wall, and, sight unseen, gets engaged after falling in love through a series of intense, emotional conversations. Ineye Komonibo,, 31 Oct. 2022 The housing market in New York has been anything but easy in the past year: Those on the hunt faced record high rents, leases getting signed sight unseen and bidding wars all at once. Anna Kodé, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2022 The role — which sees Blanchett playing the fictional Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composers/conductors and the first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra — was tipped, sight unseen, to be the one to win the actress her third Oscar. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sight unseen was in 1892

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“Sight unseen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

sight unseen

: without inspection or estimate of worth
bought it sight unseen
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