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sight unseen

Without having ever seen or inspected the particular person or thing in question. In this country, it's not uncommon to be arranged to marry someone sight unseen. Only a fool would buy a car sight unseen.
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sight unseen

Without having viewed the object in question, as in He bought the horse sight unseen. This seeming oxymoron-how can a sight, which means something seen, be not seen?-dates from the late 1800s.
See also: sight, unseen

sight unˈseen

if you buy something sight unseen, you do not have an opportunity to see it before you buy it: We bought the table sight unseen and were pleased to find it was perfect for our kitchen.
See also: sight, unseen

sight unseen

Without seeing the object in question: bought the horse sight unseen.
See also: sight, unseen

sight unseen

Without previous examination; taken on faith. This term, which implies accepting something without verification, dates from the late nineteenth century. The 1898 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture stated, “The intelligent farmer of today has got beyond buying ‘sight unseen’ when it comes to fertilizer.”
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The success of Sight Unseen, which was commissioned and first produced by California's South Coast Repertory in 1991 and enjoyed an eight-month run in New York under the auspices of the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1992, surprised even its author.
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