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have blinders on

To be oblivious to something that exists or is happening right around one. ("Blinders" are pieces of leather that are used to limit a horse's peripheral vision.) I must have blinders on when I walk around town because I didn't notice any of those new businesses that are opening.
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play a blinder

To do something exceptionally well and with a great amount of skill. Primarily heard in UK. The whole team played well, but that new scrum-half really played a blinder out on the pitch! I have to say, for a newcomer in the political arena, the newly elected MP for Middlesborough played an absolute blinder this election.
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play a blinder

perform very well. informal
Dating from the 1950s, blinder is a colloquial term for ‘a dazzlingly good piece of play’ in sport, especially in rugby or cricket.
2001 Sun Gilles will start and I would just love him to play a blinder and score a couple of goals to knock Southampton out of the cup.
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Nothing calamitous has happened," Blinder concedes, reviewing the numbers.
Asked to comment on the view that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is less bold than his predecessor Alan Greenspan in terms of monetary policy, Blinder said what action the Fed takes on Tuesday will help determine Bernanke's reputation.
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