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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 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 has spent time training at blindside flanker this week ahead of the Pool D clash as Gatland ponders his back-row combination.
As we have previously stated, the NHLPA's competition committee members are finalizing their response to the NHL's proposal regarding blindside hits to the head and will be responding back to the league this week.
The 41-cap back-rower produced a man-of the-match display on the blindside flank against Glasgow at Firhill last Sunday.
Although Lofthouse made it 22-8 five minutes into the second half, Northumberland's inability to defend round the base of the scrum was to cost them dear as first Simon Price was put over in the left hand corner from a blindside break and then No 8 Neil Smith forced his way over.
Blindside certainly seem to have mastered these basic skills, but Pitiful does rather seem to live up to its title.
At this point in time blindside flanker is Andy's best position.
8 or blindside who can also play in the second row, Gabey has previous Premiership experience with Bath.
To start with, there's Lions Test star Ryan Jones whose meteoric rise really began when he filled the blindside vacancy created by the injury to Dafydd Jones during Wales' Six Nations campaign.
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.
Joining Owen in the pack as part of new coach Eddie Jones' first league selection are ex-Bath lock Steve Borthwick, who captained England on their two Test tour of New Zealand in June, and former All Black star Chris Jack, who starts as blindside flanker.
Uva is joined in the back row by brother and blindside flanker foao Uva for the largely-amateur Portuguese.
He has played at blindside flanker and number eight as well as at lock.