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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 Middlesbrough 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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The hugely anticipated BBC drama Peaky Blinders returns to our screens on Sunday (August 25) for a fifth series.
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Productivity gains occurred disproportionately under Democratic presidents and accounted for nearly a fifth of the gap, report Blinder and Watson.
The information is presented in an easy-to-read format that is a cross between one of Blinder's Princeton lectures and an International Monetary Fund report.
We won't survey all of that again here, but have noticed some specifics mentioned by Blinder that our readers will find valuable.
economic crisis, contends Blinder. For nearly a decade, slipshod lending practices encouraged consumers to buy houses they couldn't afford, and banks reaped dazzling profits by repackaging those loans into lucrative securities.
The centerpiece of the book is an essay by Princeton University's Alan Blinder entitled "Offshoring: Big Deal or Business as Usual?" Blinder argues that "the confluence of rapid improvements in information and communications technology coupled with the entry of giants like China and India into the global economy is creating a situation that, while not theoretically novel, may be historically unprecedented." Just as it has become possible for phone calls, medical images, insurance claims, and many other sorts of information to be conveyed thousands of miles at ever-lower costs, a huge new labor force has become available to respond to, analyze, process, and otherwise work with this information.
Completed in 1929, and often described since then as the most magnificent Jewish house of worship in the world, the beautiful and historic Sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El will re-open this fall in renewed splendor, as the result of a two-year restoration designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP.
For example, in the 1990s, highly respected former Vice Chairman Alan Blinder found himself at policy odds with Chairman GreensPan after being perceived as taking a particularly dovish tone at the Fed's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Blinder's central theme is the quiet transformation that has been going on in the way that central banks worldwide conduct their activities.
Designed by architect Richard Blinder of the New York firm, Beyer Blinder and Belle, the building will have approximately 20,000 square feet of gallery space and a state-of-the-art auditorium for performances and events.
Alan Blinder suggested in an interview in Tokyo with Kyodo News that the Bank of Japan should further loosen its monetary grip, possibly through quantitative means.