flying blind


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fly blind

1. To fly an airplane in extremely low visibility, relying on the plane's instruments instead. The huge plume of ash sent into the air by the volcano forced the pilots to fly blind.
2. By extension, to do something based on guesswork, intuition, or without any help or instructions. Since this is our first attempt at developing an app, we'll be flying blind as we figure out how to get things working correctly. I've never filed my own taxes before, so I'm sort of flying blind.
See also: blind, fly

flying blind

Proceeding by guesswork, groping one’s way. The term originated during World War I and alluded to poor visibility. Later it was extended to other enterprises, as in, “My predecessor quit without leaving any instructions, so for this first department meeting I’m flying blind.” See also by the seat of one's pants.
See also: blind, flying
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There is so little reliable, consistent information on police shootings in Texas that the public, lawmakers and police officials are largely flying blind.
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Flying Blind begins poorly but improves toward the end.
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You are flying blind if this important equipment is not giving you useful data.
Flying Blind exposes the absurdities that pass for airline security these days, but even more importantly, offers practical, effect, applicable solutions for fixing the problem of insecure airports, foolish nitpicking while the larger picture is ignored, and the shell game that's been going on (such as federalizing baggage inspector and airport security personnel by simply changing the color of their uniform jackets but providing little or no in service training to better do their jobs) to disguise just how vulnerable we continue to be.
If Buildup has a misleading title, Flying Blind has a misleading subtitle.