sight unseen


Definition of sight unseen 

: without inspection or appraisal

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Purchasing a car, sight unseen, from a stranger might not seem risky for some buyers. Carroll Lachnit, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: Tips on how to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 22 June 2018 Purchasing a car, sight unseen, from a stranger might not seem risky for some buyers. Washington Post, "Edmunds: How to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 20 June 2018 The company uses its loans to buy homes sight unseen, makes improvements and then flips them for a small profit. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The home-flipping startup Opendoor requires a lot of money. It now has $325 million more. And SoftBank could come next.," 13 June 2018 The grove was preserved by the Yosemite Grant, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, sight unseen, in 1864, at the height of the Civil War. Peter Fimrite,, "Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and ready for visitors," 13 June 2018 This week, that figure hit sights unseen since James Comey’s last days at the FBI. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Here’s Why Trump’s Approval Rating Has Gone Up," 16 May 2018 The Netflix comedy’s sophomore year wrapped by revealing its mysterious narrator (Giancarlo Esposito) — the man who has been speaking to us fans, sight unseen, since the very beginning — is actually a real, live person., "Dear White People," 9 May 2018 When the house went on the market in November 2015, Makenna Held made an offer, sight unseen. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Now Learn To Cook at Julia Child's Provençal Home," 26 Apr. 2018 Both firms make sellers online offers, typically within 48 hours, virtually sight unseen. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Zillow to start buying and selling metro Phoenix homes," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sight unseen

1892, in the meaning defined above

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