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1. slang A drinking spree. Primarily heard in UK. After winning so much money at the bookie's, Tommy went on a three-day blinder in the pubs and casinos.
2. An exceptionally skillful or impressive display or performance. Used especially in the phrase "play a blinder." Primarily heard in UK. The whole team played well, but that new scrum-half really played a blinder out on the pitch! Wow, what a blinder of a play by the defenseman!
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.
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 Middlesbrough played an absolute blinder this election.
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play a blinderperform 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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