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blind spot

1. An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one's vision. Often used to describe the areas around a car that cannot be seen with the rear-view or side mirrors. This car has a big blind spot on the right side, so remember to always turn your head to look before merging. Leslie always experiences blind spots when she starts to get a migraine. That security camera has a blind spot—and that's where we'll sneak in.
2. By extension, an aspect of one's life or a certain situation that one is ignorant of or that one does not understand fully. Jen has a real blind spot when it comes to her relationships with men trying to take advantage of her wealth.
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blind side

1. verb To startle or surprise someone, as with a piece of information. Tommy totally blind sided me when he told me he was going to prom with my ex-girlfriend.
2. verb To physically strike someone who is not in a position to defend themselves. Come on, ref, isn't that a penalty? He totally blind sided me and hit me in the head!
3. noun The side that one is not currently facing. Come on, ref, isn't that a penalty? He totally hit me on my blind side!
4. noun An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one's vision. That car must have been on my blind side because I didn't see it coming at all!
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blind side

see under blind spot.
See also: blind, side

blind spot

Subject about which one is ignorant or biased. For example, The boss has a blind spot about Henry; he wouldn't fire him for anything, or Dad has a blind spot about opera; he can't see anything good about it. This term uses blind in the sense of "covered or hidden from sight." It has two literal meanings: an insensitive part of the retina and an area outside one's field of vision. The phrase has largely replaced blind side, which survives mainly in the verb to blindside, meaning "to hit someone on an unguarded side" and "to deal an unexpected blow." [Mid-1800s]
See also: blind, spot

blindside

tv. [for someone or something] to surprise someone, as if sneaking up on the blind side of a one-eyed person (or animal). The new tax law blindsided about half the population.
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Jones played at blindside when Wales lost a World Cup warm-up game 62-5 against England four years ago, and he has made a handful of appearances there for the Ospreys.
If the league follows precedent set by the instigator rule, it will implement (at very least) an automatic fine for a blindside hit.
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Worsley, the Wasps blindside, returns to the team in place of Nick Easter after recovering from the neck injury which kept him out the victory over Italy.
Andy Farrell is poised to make his union debut on September 10 ( with Saracens boss Alan Gaffney reiterating blindside flanker is the former Rugby League star's most suitable position.
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Kevin Morgan is in for his injured Newport colleague Hal Luscombe on the right wing while Neath-Swansea forward Ryan Jones comes in at blindside flanker to replace Jonathan Thomas.
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A then turns blindside from the ball - away from the motion of the ball and the eyes of the defenders - and receives a square pass from C (fourth pass), putting him in position to attack the goal.
Sprint could not only crush its mobile competitors with this strategy, they could also blindside the DSL and fixed-line broadband industry.