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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 Middlesborough 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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Through massive (if somewhat belated) federal bailouts and stimulus packages, Blinder argues, the government narrowly averted another Great Depression, and, he reasons, increased regulation should safeguard the economy in the future.
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If they don't cut at all, I think that would be a huge mistake,'' said Blinder, who served as the Fed's No.
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.
Under transparency, Blinder believes central bank policy actions should be made clear, have substantive content, and be open to public scrutiny short of being unnecessarily intrusive.
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.