tunnel vision

noun

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

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 More often than not, a focus on incentivizing good behavior is a lot more effective than tunnel vision on deterrence alone. Yacov Salomon, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The start of the Padres’ reclamation tour in 2022, lurching to life Thursday night against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, centers around a collective exercise in tunnel vision. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 The documentary is a case study of how grueling interrogation techniques can result in false confessions, and how tunnel vision can lead to wrongful convictions. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Running multiple side projects or going tunnel vision with one venture? Jodie Cook, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 But defenders of free speech mustn’t risk myopia or tunnel vision. Myles Mcknight, National Review, 13 Feb. 2022 Richard’s defense attorneys argued in court that Coast Guard investigators ignored exonerating evidence, made significant procedural errors during the course of their inquiry, and developed tunnel vision around Richard’s mental health issues. Hope Hodge Seck, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2022 But Kingsbury's tunnel vision is on Arizona's next road game at the Chicago Bears (4-7), who beat the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, 16-14. Dana Scott, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 Leto and Hathaway are extremely convincing in their portrayal of Adam and Rebekah’s righteous tunnel vision, and especially funny when playing their obliviousness completely straight. Caroline Framke, Variety, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Tunnel vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunnel%20vision. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for tunnel vision

tunnel vision

noun

Medical Definition of tunnel vision

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

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