blind as a bat/beetle/mole

(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. A: "Didn't Emily get hit by a car and end up blind as a bat?" B: "Yeah, so she could leave town to search for a cure—typical soap opera story. They had to write her out somehow." Doc, I'll do anything—surgery, drugs, you name it! Anything to keep from becoming blind as a bat.
2. Having poor vision. I've worn glasses for 20 years, so I'm as blind as a bat now. Because I'm blind as a bat, I always knew there was a good chance my daughter would need glasses too. That's not a cat, it's a trashcan! Geez, you really are blind as a bat!
3. Oblivious to something. Are you blind as a bat? Those two have been flirting all afternoon! You must be as blind as a bat if you don't see the problem with this plan. Come on, I'm not blind as a bat. I know you two have been scheming behind my back this whole time.
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! That's not a cat, it's a trashcan! Geez, you really are blind as a beetle!
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. Come on, I'm not blind as a beetle. I know you two have been scheming behind my back this whole time.
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! That's not a cat, it's a trashcan! Geez, you really are blind as a mole!
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. Come on, I'm not blind as a mole. I know you two have been scheming behind my back this whole time.
See also: blind, mole
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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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