tunnel vision


Definition of tunnel vision

1 : constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision
2 : extreme narrowness of viewpoint : narrow-mindedness also : single-minded concentration on one objective

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Other Words from tunnel vision

tunnel-visioned \ ˈtə-​nᵊl-​ˈvi-​zhənd How to pronounce tunnel vision (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tunnel vision in a Sentence

His tunnel vision made sensible discussions on political issues nearly impossible.
Recent Examples on the Web Beard admittedly takes a different approach to breaking down the tournament than most of his peers, one that emphasizes tunnel vision and not fretting about anything else. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "For Texas Tech, a win over Arkansas could put Red Raiders in the driver’s seat for an Elite 8 bid," 20 Mar. 2021 Companies should analyze metrics and build trends to avoid tunnel vision. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "16 Top Tips For Bouncing Back From Failure," 17 Mar. 2021 This tunnel vision prioritizes revenue growth but neglects sales preservation. Fan Bi, Rolling Stone, "How AI Could Help Fashion E-Tailers Reduce Retail Returns," 10 Mar. 2021 Stay interested in the world around you, and avoid tunnel vision. Arabella Delucco, Forbes, "How Creative Productivity Can Help Leaders Realize Their Purpose," 4 Mar. 2021 Xavier can't get tunnel vision on one guy against the Bluejays. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Xavier vs. No. 13 Creighton: Saturday is the biggest game of the Musketeers' season," 27 Feb. 2021 Being led only by identity is a form of tunnel vision. Jodie Cook, Forbes, "Let Go Of The Five Things Holding Back Your Success," 1 Mar. 2021 Aiming a gun with eyes focused on the target, a shooter develops tunnel vision. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Guide to Every Type of Gun," 24 Dec. 2020 That means policy makers cannot have tunnel vision. Kristi Noem, WSJ, "South Dakota’s Balanced Covid Response," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tunnel vision

circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tunnel vision was circa 1942

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31 Mar 2021

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“Tunnel vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunnel%20vision. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tunnel vision

medical : a condition in which you can see things that are straight ahead of you but not to the side
often disapproving : a tendency to think only about one thing and to ignore everything else

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Medical Definition of tunnel vision

: constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision

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