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blind spot

1. An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one's vision. Often used to describe the areas around a car that cannot be seen with the rear-view or side mirrors. This car has a big blind spot on the right side, so remember to always turn your head to look before merging. Leslie always experiences blind spots when she starts to get a migraine. That security camera has a blind spot—and that's where we'll sneak in.
2. By extension, an aspect of one's life or a certain situation that one is ignorant of or that one does not understand fully. Jen has a real blind spot when it comes to her relationships with men trying to take advantage of her wealth.
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blind spot

Subject about which one is ignorant or biased. For example, The boss has a blind spot about Henry; he wouldn't fire him for anything, or Dad has a blind spot about opera; he can't see anything good about it. This term uses blind in the sense of "covered or hidden from sight." It has two literal meanings: an insensitive part of the retina and an area outside one's field of vision. The phrase has largely replaced blind side, which survives mainly in the verb to blindside, meaning "to hit someone on an unguarded side" and "to deal an unexpected blow." [Mid-1800s]
See also: blind, spot

blindside

tv. [for someone or something] to surprise someone, as if sneaking up on the blind side of a one-eyed person (or animal). The new tax law blindsided about half the population.
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From the drug-infested corners of one of Atlanta's worst housing projects, to alleyways filled with ravenous zombies, Blindsided by the Walking Dead examines one man's battle to overcome the violence, drugs and crime of the "hood.
I mean, Neal really should be ashamed of himself for doing this, this was a beautiful marriage we had, and I was just blindsided that it was going on for two years," the New York Daily News quoted Salahi as telling E
To avoid being blindsided by the next new technology, Sampler says, companies must ask these kinds of questions: "What resources drive your business model?
BLINDSIDED was selected as the winner of the Best Documentary category at the Idaho International Film Festival and at the Spudfest Family Film and Music Festival, where it also won an Audience Award and it was an Official Selection at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and at the LaFemme Film Festival.
E[acute accent]"CPG manufacturers are routinely being blindsided by price adjustment requests because they have little visibility into actual product price from market to market within specific retail accounts, often leaving them exposed to aggressive price pressures and goods diversion practices," said Bill Nowacki, President of IRI's Business Performance Solutions Group.
Developer Jorge Palacios and attorney Corbitt Kerr, both from San Diego, said they were blindsided by the affordable-housing requirement and they would have to consider their next move.
As an industry, electronics manufacturers want to avoid being blindsided by new technologies that may emerge," said Rae.
I was 100 percent behind Antonovich and we got blindsided, perhaps because of the ignorance of the other supervisors.
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But, Robert Garcia is no longer on the bond oversight committee, Tom Rubin is a consultant to the bond oversight committee and he doesn't vote, he made no effort at all to influence our decisions on this issue, and I think he was blindsided by this.
As soon as we turned WatchDog on, it identified some major issues that would have blindsided us" said Jim Walters, Manager of Sales Automation for the Federal Mogul Corporation.
I literally was blindsided by the nomination and couldn't be more thrilled,'' said Goldsman, a previous WGA winner for ``A Beautiful Mind.
Says Dan Borrey principal shareholder and Vice-President at VisionShape "we were blindsided by this decision.
Collins, the highest vote-getter during the 2004 election, said the board has worked well together, and he was blindsided by Kurachi's and Stratton's perspective.
Organizations struggle through a new application rollout, only to be blindsided by the all-consuming task of maintaining and supporting the application after deployment.