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(as) blind as a bat

1. Unable to see at all. After neglecting his vision for years, my grandfather became blind as a bat, unable to even see shadows.
2. Having poor vision. I've worn glasses for 20 years, so I'm as blind as a bat now.
3. Oblivious to something. Are you blind as a bat? Those two have been flirting all afternoon!
See also: bat, blind

(as) blind as a beetle

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1. Unable to see well or at all. My grandfather was born blind as a beetle, so he's never known what anything truly looks like. I've worn glasses for 20 years—I'm as blind as a beetle without them!
2. Totally oblivious to something. Are you blind as a beetle? Those two have been flirting all afternoon! You must be as blind as a beetle if you don't see the problem with this plan.
See also: beetle, blind

(as) blind as a mole

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1. Unable to see well or at all. My grandfather was born blind as a mole, so he's never known what anything truly looks like. I've worn glasses for 20 years—I'm as blind as a mole without them!
2. Totally oblivious to something. Are you blind as a mole? Those two have been flirting all afternoon! You must be as blind as a mole if you don't see the problem with this plan.
See also: blind, mole

beetlebrain

A stupid person. Did you hear that guy's ridiculous question? Geez, what a beetlebrain.

ground beetle

Any of several families of beetles that are primarily found on or near the ground. Milly screamed and ran across the back yard after she overturned a stone and disrupted a group of ground beetles.
See also: beetle, ground
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

beetle

n. the original Volkswagen automobile. I remember when people used to put big windup keys on their beetles to make them look like windup toys.

beetlebrain

(ˈbidlæbren)
n. a stupid person. Why are you such a beetlebrain when it comes to math?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

blind as a bat/beetle/mole

Totally blind, or, figuratively, unseeing. None of these animals is, by the way, truly blind. The bat flies about in the dark in seemingly erratic paths (see bats in one’s belfry), and the beetle and mole burrow through the ground. Nevertheless, these similes are quite old and have become clichés. The bat analogy dates from the sixteenth century at least (John Harvey); the mole and beetle similes come from Roman times and were cited in translations by Erasmus.
See also: bat, beetle, blind, mole
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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