Definition of blind in English:

blind

adjective

  • 1Unable to see because of injury, disease, or a congenital condition.

    ‘a blind man with a stick’
    ‘he was blind in one eye’
    ‘guide dogs for the blind’
    • ‘By this time Lady Mills was wheelchair-bound and suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and Sir John had gone almost blind after retinas in both eyes had failed..’
    • ‘There are an estimated 146 million people who currently require treatment for the disease who may go blind if nothing is done.’
    • ‘Indeed, as I interviewed him I would go out of my way to point out to him that the tape recorder was running, lest he forget and, being blind, be unable to see the red recording light.’
    • ‘She knows she is going blind from a hereditary disease and yet won't tell anyone, or ease up.’
    • ‘One-year-old Eva Heeks contracted meningitis soon after birth, leaving her blind, deaf and unable to walk, talk or feed properly.’
    • ‘Mr Carter meanwhile was in the intensive care unit of the city's American hospital, where doctors refused to say whether his injuries might leave him blind.’
    • ‘This actually happens in the case of individuals who are born blind due to congenital cataracts and are subsequently cured.’
    • ‘Just under a quarter of the children met the criteria for severe disability, which included being unable to walk without help, unable to feed themselves, being blind, or being unable to talk.’
    • ‘The club, based in Tottington, was founded by Derek Pritchard, 64, who is almost totally blind because of a hereditary eye condition.’
    • ‘I fell down into the sand, blind and unable to see what I was doing.’
    • ‘In China, more than 9.4 million men and women over 40 years of age suffer from the disease, 55 per cent of whom are blind in at least one eye.’
    • ‘I had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind.’
    • ‘A pedestrian crossing in Church Street has been broken for weeks leaving blind shoppers unable to gauge when to cross the busy road.’
    • ‘Joe Hart, defending, said that in 2002, while serving a prison sentence, Grady contracted a degenerative eye disease and is now blind.’
    • ‘Yvonne Sleightholme was arrested soon afterwards, but before she could be brought to trial she went blind - a condition referred to in those days as hysterical blindness.’
    • ‘He was expected to be blind, deaf, unable to speak, and quadriplegic.’
    • ‘Aslam will soon be operated on, just like Tajul Islam, who was born blind due to bilateral congenital cataract.’
    • ‘I left academia because I was frustrated having so many patients go blind from these terrible diseases.’
    • ‘Two years ago, MS patient Natasha Bagan lost her ability to walk and was almost blind after her condition rapidly deteriorated.’
    • ‘Jurors heard that Mr Ward, who suffered from a rare eye condition and had been blind since he was 15, had been celebrating his birthday.’
    visually impaired, unsighted, sightless, visionless, unseeing, stone blind, eyeless
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    1. 1.1 (of an action, especially a test or experiment) done without being able to see or without having relevant information.
      ‘a blind tasting of eight wines’
      • ‘The subjects received three consecutive weeks each of MPH and placebo in random order and under blind conditions.’
      • ‘For example, it would predict that women would suffer subjective biases in blind experiments where people are asked to judge work by men and women.’
      • ‘Deutsche's own auction was blind, with bidders unable to see other bids.’
      • ‘In other research some experienced wine drinkers in a blind test were unable to tell a red from a white.’
      • ‘Science journal Nature chose 50 science articles from both Encyclopedia Britanica and gave peer reviewers a blind test to find mistakes.’
      • ‘It doesn't require any blind groping to find hidden body parts.’
      • ‘Twice then - by the original expert and by three of the four analysts in the blind test - doubts had been cast over whether the print was McKie's.’
      • ‘If you are playing blind you do not look at your cards, but leave them face down on the table.’
      • ‘The skates did feel slightly lighter, but I'm convinced that was only placebo effect - I bet that I'd not be able to tell the difference in a blind test.’
      • ‘Results of such blind split sampling are shown in Table 3.’
      • ‘In a blind test last week, nine out of 12 shoppers said they preferred the taste of a £1.45 loaf from Safeway to Poilâne's finest sourdough.’
      • ‘Reports have suggested that only a small proportion of those who claimed to suffer from wheat intolerance showed any symptoms in blind tests.’
      • ‘Robbie Williams and Melinda Messenger are among the top names who have donated items for our blind charity auction in aid of tsunami victims.’
      • ‘In a blind test, conducted by the Consumer Contact Agency, Sports Mixture was voted the favourite hard gum in the UK.’
      • ‘This was all very friendly, fun and instructive, and we bought a small bottle of balsamic vinegar (the one we liked best in the blind test) to take home.’
      • ‘So can world experts tell a red from a white in a blind test?’
      • ‘The test will be a blind exam so applicants cannot memorise the answers but the Government is publishing a handbook guide to the areas being tested.’
      • ‘Unlike Bierut, he advocated the adaptation of Marxism-Leninism to Polish conditions rather than the blind implementation of Stalinism.’
      • ‘When scientists criticize these ideas, they often start talking about blind tests and repeatability and so forth.’
      • ‘Only after passing three blind tasting tests and 12 months' bottle ageing are the wines released.’
    2. 1.2Aeronautics (of flying) using instruments only.
      ‘blind landings during foggy conditions’
      • ‘This could be nerve-racking for the pilot while the copilot made blind takeoffs.’
      • ‘The Lorenz beam system for blind landing consisted of two transmitters located on opposite sides of the airstrip runway.’
      • ‘From this point on, they'd be practically flying blind, with only the occasional glimpse of their surroundings.’
      • ‘She almost laughed in amazement; the pilot was flying blind - they didn't have a single light on!’
      • ‘Since the aircraft's stormscope was not working, the pilot was flying blind into the thunderstorm, and as a result, he and his three passengers died.’
  • 2Lacking perception, awareness, or judgement.

    ‘a blind acceptance of the status quo’
    ‘she was blind to the realities of her position’
    • ‘He was not blind: he realised dynamite could be used for uncivil purposes as well as civil ones but he thought armed deterrence could be more effective in maintaining peace than disarmament.’
    • ‘The classical economists are blind to this reality.’
    • ‘The Fifth Circuit's approach is almost willfully blind to the reality established by both custom and history.’
    • ‘To these and other phenomena we remained blind - until we began opening windows to other octaves in the electromagnetic spectrum.’
    • ‘They had some good points but they were still blind in some areas, unable to see truth.’
    • ‘Those that shun or oppose this unfortunate but justified retaliation perhaps are blind to reality for some reason, and that in itself is sad.’
    • ‘The visa revocation process remains partially blind and needlessly porous to incursions by individuals who might pose a grave risk to our security.’
    • ‘Mann and his associates, however, seem to have been blind to South Africa's determination to stamp out its legacy as a recruiting ground for mercenaries.’
    • ‘To procure more large carriers today and expect them to be useful into midcentury is to be blind to reality.’
    • ‘Look at his robe there, the man's blind with rut.’
    • ‘Sensitive citizens are not blind to our nation's frailties and imperfections - they do what they can do to right the wrongs.’
    • ‘A noble, obdurate of his usual code of conduct, stumbled in a panic fuelled frenzy of blind groping and misplaced steps.’
    • ‘Human beings become spiritually blind when they are unable to grasp the ‘other world’ within this world.’
    • ‘In fact, the ruling is a perfect example of how the free market is blind to any values other than the pursuit of profit.’
    • ‘Granted, the responsibility of not getting hit falls with the driver too — and it seems like so many people are blind behind the wheel as it is with cell phones, distractions, etc.’
    • ‘Why did all the leaders have to be so damned blind?’
    • ‘This time, it is ITV who have proved, once again, that they are so blind as to be unable to see the big picture, even when it is overwhelming and staring them right in the face.’
    • ‘If you travel, you become more cosmopolitan and less likely to fulfil the caricature of the ‘obnoxious yank’ who is blind to other cultural values.’
    • ‘But it seems that I have been blind to the realities of life in Ireland.’
    • ‘By having the opportunity to see what the best of the best look like, and how they practice and perform, it's hard to be barn blind.’
    • ‘You are blind to spiritual realities because you don't know the Saviour, and that is the only way of knowing him.’
    • ‘Nature is blind, and whether we use it for good or ill depends on us and human nature.’
    • ‘Look on the bright side, but don't be blind to reality.’
    • ‘I never really noticed how much she had changed, but I guess I was just blind.’
    • ‘Yet despite his liberalism, which if not exactly old-fashioned is certainly out of keeping with the spirit of the time, Mortimer is not blind to the realities of political life.’
    • ‘They're blind to reality, and they're determined to hold onto their power by any means possible at this time.’
    • ‘Wenders himself is not blind to the realities of modern day Los Angeles.’
    • ‘She was blind and deaf to every other sight and sound aside from the swirling patterns.’
    • ‘This film has not a trace of smugness, or the superiority of moral virtue which is blind to reality.’
    • ‘He had once been an innocent child, blind to the harsh reality of the world.’
    • ‘I'm saying communists are blind from a decision-making perspective.’
    • ‘It causes them to be ‘time blind,’ unable to think about themselves across time.’
    • ‘I'm also of accusing him of having a miniscule mind based on the fact that he is apparently so enraptured by his own ideology that he is blind to its faults.’
    • ‘Let the politicians who are so blind as to be unable to see beyond their noses give John and Josephine Citizen just a little bit of credit for our common sense values.’
    • ‘Radical Islam has replaced communism as the next great scourge of the world and most of our leaders are blind or cowered.’
    • ‘Young and oddly confident, they are blind to their deficiencies and impervious to the daunting odds stacked against them.’
    • ‘Our government and politicians are blind and deaf on this issue.’
    • ‘Mr Edwards said the company is not blind to the concerns of its workforce.’
    • ‘Eric's imagination grew until he became blind to the likely reality of what lay beyond the wooden board in the wall.’
    • ‘The enemy had been left virtually blind in the area of the English Channel and were unable to mount a naval challenge that could have thwarted the invasion.’
    imperceptive, unperceptive, slow, obtuse, stupid, uncomprehending, unimaginative, insensitive, thick-skinned, bovine, stolid, unintelligent
    unmindful of, mindless of, careless of, heedless of, oblivious to, insensible to, unconcerned about, unconcerned by, inattentive to, indifferent to
    uncritical, unreasoned, unthinking, unconsidered, mindless, injudicious, undiscerning, indiscriminate
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    1. 2.1 Not controlled by reason.
      ‘they left in blind panic’
      • ‘Sanjay is also the voice of reason in a community that has been conditioned by blind faith.’
      • ‘All I wanted to do was to survive and really was driven by blind hope than by reason.’
      • ‘Fortunately even the drink didn't hinder his ability to conceal his anger; his cold, blind wrath.’
      • ‘I heard her laugh at me, which made my blind hate take control over all of my senses.’
      • ‘Toby jumped off the couch in a blind fury and launched something at her wall.’
      • ‘Some true believers on one side have been unable to free themselves from a sense of blind loyalty to the past, ill-founded as it is in whole or in part.’
      • ‘Siddhartha finally allows human emotion to control him through his blind love for Young Siddhartha.’
      • ‘By far the worst feature of this election result is the blind surrender of control of the Senate to the Liberals and Family First.’
      • ‘This is time to rally around the flag of reason, not of blind retribution.’
      • ‘It could be avoided only when a mother let herself be guided by nature and reason instead of blind love.’
      • ‘Though perhaps I know something about blind maternal love.’
      • ‘You do not know that without you and your blind indifference, such misleaders could not carry out deeds that damn us all, as much as they shame themselves.’
      • ‘The world can no longer afford the blind suspicion, destructive rivalries and indifference to the legitimate fears of others that have brought it to this state.’
      • ‘The ethical dimension of love consists in the challenge its blind urgency presents to reason.’
      • ‘True, you could have fully murdered him, but the only reason you hurt him enough to get away was blind panic.’
      • ‘Yet again she refused, and this time the mage threw open the door to her room in a blind rage.’
      • ‘There's another reason why blind devotion to rules won't do.’
      • ‘When a horse is in a blind panic it loses all sense of reason.’
      • ‘The reason for the blind loyalty: The Tigers have no one behind Cox.’
      impetuous, impulsive, rash, hasty, reckless, uncontrolled, uncontrollable, uninhibited, unrestrained, immoderate, intemperate, wild, unruly, irrational, frantic, violent, furious, unbridled, uncurbed, unchecked, unrepressed
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    2. 2.2 Not governed by purpose.
      ‘a world of blind chance’
      • ‘We don't need the forests for medicine; as often as not we need medicine to protect us from what emerges by blind chance from the forest.’
      • ‘By blind chance, some of these emails reach customers of targeted organisations.’
      • ‘Just to pluck at blind random one of the many very thorny Operation Relex circumstances from the bastardly murky and unexamined recent historical fray.’
      • ‘Are his destructive escapades nothing more than random luck and blind chance?’
      • ‘But Molly is smart, often outthinking or outguessing everyone, and occasionally aided by a bit of blind chance.’
      • ‘I cannot look upon the Universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent design, or indeed design of any kind in the details.’
      • ‘First consider the odds of forming this target sequence by blind chance, i.e., with monkeys at word-processors.’
      • ‘It is to say that the person got things right due to his own abilities, efforts and actions, rather than due to dumb luck, or blind chance, or something else.’
      • ‘As inaccurate as the weapons were, especially on a galloping horse, he would only be hit by blind chance.’
      • ‘What we may see as the handiwork of Pan or Isis, others may see as the blind workings of the physical laws that govern the universe.’
      • ‘There is no way that every organism could have been created by blind chance, they say.’
      • ‘But Jonathan and Sara sense they are drawn to one another by more than dumb luck or blind chance.’
      • ‘Our lives, ruled by circumstance, by blind chance, are not our own.’
      • ‘My blind luck of being able to provide two versions of the correct answer saved me from the accusation of being a cheater.’
      • ‘When I consider the life of the honey bee, I shake my head that I once believed that such creatures were accidental products of blind chance!’
      • ‘The chances of a watch being constructed by blind chance are astronomically small.’
      • ‘But these little bits of blind chance or Fate take out individuals rather than eroding the ties of the hermetic village.’
      • ‘To a materialist, we are just congeries of atoms; and atoms must go whithersoever they are driven by the laws of physics and blind chance.’
      • ‘It was inconceivable to Einstein that the laws of nature, at any level, were the result of the operation of blind chance, which was not susceptible to deeper explanation.’
      • ‘Somebody has to win, and it was as easy to believe that Pete Astor had been favoured by blind chance as by an extra-dimensional being.’
  • 3(of a corner or bend in a road) impossible to see round.

    ‘two trucks collided on a blind curve in the road’
    • ‘The third adult in racing gear chose to proceed at full speed from the cycle lane into the northbound traffic lane, ignoring the blind corner with Library Road.’
    • ‘So he parks outside on the pavement, forcing an elderly lady in a wheelchair on to the road on a blind bend.’
    • ‘There's a blind exit onto Bridge Street at the bottom of the hill and it is awfully dangerous trying to get out there.’
    • ‘Gardaí and fire service personnel at the scene said the Opel appeared to have veered accidentally to its incorrect side of the road at a blind bend where the collision occurred.’
    • ‘About half-way back to Boston I slowed down even further to go round a blind bend in the road, to come upon a police car and a mobile speed camera.’
    • ‘There is also a trench right across the road on a blind corner that you cannot avoid.’
    • ‘It is quite common for cars, forced to weave round the resulting blind bends, to have to come to an abrupt stop when they meet.’
    • ‘‘The road is also very narrow and the corner is blind next to the Dowley Gap tip,’ she said.’
    • ‘They certainly had no problem coping with a brisk run along a narrow, twisty country road where oncoming traffic and constant blind bends required repeated firm applications.’
    • ‘With modern machinery and the will to do it, many of the blind bends on this road would be eradicated quickly.’
    • ‘Like a klutz, she's done this on a narrow stretch of road with a blind bend less than a hundred yards away.’
    • ‘Now, was she heading towards the blind bend in the road or was she going away from it?’
    • ‘It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, a girl is out on her pony riding down the road when suddenly two young men in a car speed round a blind corner.’
    • ‘He missed our hotel, and reversed the hundred metres round a blind bend at the same speed to drop us off.’
    • ‘The poor condition of many roads, lack of warning signs at blind corners and sharp curves, and the fact that street lamps don't work at all times, contribute to accidents.’
    • ‘At one point, we rounded a blind corner and startled a gigantic grizzly sow and her cub as they crossed a shallow, rocky creek.’
    • ‘To put things in perspective, the turn was a 180-degree, blind, decreasing-radius turn.’
    • ‘I had maybe 75m visibility, on a very narrow, twisting road, full of blind corners.’
    • ‘A car in front of the Welshman had pulled out a series of rocks into the road on a blind corner, and Hughes ran straight over the rocks, unable to avoid them due to the narrowness of the road.’
    • ‘On a road whose width barely allows two cars to pass, this lunatic came hurtling round a blind corner, narrowly missing me.’
    1. 3.1 (of a door or window) walled up.
      ‘fresco paintings on the blind windows’
      • ‘When you first walked in and entered the small rotunda, there was a blind window that had been revealed.’
      • ‘The metal ladder was cooperative enough against rubber-soled boots, but moisture and time had warped the blind door, and there was no other way into the box.’
      • ‘Glazed doors, provided that the panes are rectangular, can be reduced by removing one tier of panes; blind doors can be cut down at will.’
      • ‘A blind door set into a pharaonic tomb to allow the spirit of the deceased to come and go.’
      • ‘Above the hood is a blind window with an arched head.’
    2. 3.2 Closed at one end.
      ‘a blind pipe’
      • ‘Such blind pools loose water by evaporation, or if below the water table remain as permanent bodies.’
      • ‘Bromley redefined Trypanites to include all blind, simple, unbranched borings in hard substrata with a single opening to the surface.’
      • ‘This blind-ended, complex structure is embryologically distinct from the body of the left atrium and is sometimes regarded as just a minor extension of the atrium.’
      • ‘A bifid ureter with a blind-ending branch is a rare form of partial duplication of ureter.’
      • ‘The airways are blind-ended, acting in effect as air-filled capillary tubes sealed at one end.’
      without exit, exitless, blocked, closed, barred, impassable
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  • 4British informal with negative Not the slightest (used in emphatic expressions)

    ‘this declaration is not a blind bit of good to the workers’
    • ‘So decent acts like The Arcade Fire and the Gorillaz make an appearance, but do you honestly think that's going to make a blind bit of difference?’
    • ‘It is, I repeat, just greed on the part of the ownership and I bet my pointing it out to them won't make a blind bit of difference either.’
    • ‘Like it's ultimately gonna make a blind bit of difference, kids.’
    • ‘We consulted people on Goldiggers and the skatepark and then did not take a blind bit of notice of them.’
    • ‘Thomas has been so instructed many times, but doesn't seem to have taken a blind bit of notice.’
    • ‘He made decisions about funding feeling as though he were slicing up a cake that had already been cut and moving the wedges around without making a blind bit of difference.’
    • ‘Despite not pushing for major changes, Williamson says the current regime hasn't made a blind bit of difference to the end user, and I'd have to agree with him.’
    • ‘That's fine, but the harsh reality is that even if, God forbid, a child is killed or seriously injured, it will not make a blind bit of difference in the long term.’
    • ‘What should writers do in order to avoid the kind of heartache which arises when you publish a book and no one takes a blind bit of notice?’
    • ‘It amazes me how people seem to forget that they were young once and that no amount of pep talks, pleading or punishment would have made a blind bit of difference to how they carried on when away from their parents' beady eyes.’
    • ‘If you're miserable on the inside, a teeny-weeny nose or super-duper frontage is not going to make a blind bit of difference.’
    • ‘Last week I was in the office and a senior lawyer was sitting at his desk, fast asleep, while his manager sat just four or five feet away, taking not a blind bit of notice.’
    • ‘I was pretty thrilled at grazing shoulders with such a celebrity; but there was not a paparazzo in sight, and no one else in the street was taking a blind bit of notice.’
    • ‘They're talking over each other and none of them notices that I'm not paying any of them a blind bit of attention.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the National Association of Headteachers said the downgrading should not make ‘a blind bit of difference’ to school drugs policies.’
    • ‘Those are pretty serious charges, but they don't seem to do a blind bit of good.’
    • ‘I really don't know why anybody bothers to have them fitted, because nobody takes a blind bit of notice of them.’
    • ‘The final act, back in the States, is even more fantastical, with an added twist, befitting such a corkscrew plot, which doesn't make a blind bit of sense.’
    • ‘On Continental Europe no one ever pays a blind bit of notice to them.’
    • ‘All these poxy rule changes in Formula One won't make a blind bit of difference in the long run.’
  • 5(of a plant) without buds, eyes, or terminal flowers.

    ‘planting too shallowly is the most common cause of bulbs coming up blind’
    • ‘The non-germinating “blind-seeds” carry a mass of fungus tissue in the endosperm and are the carry-over phase of the disease.’
    • ‘It sounds cruel, but during one long hot summer I did once shock a blind camellia into flowering by withholding water for as long as I felt the plant could bear it.’
    • ‘Dig carefully so the roots do not break away from the clump, which results in blind roots.’
    • ‘Blind plants which occur a mature stage of the plant do so as a result of cultural conditions; the extent to which it occurs depends on the sensitivity of the variety’
    • ‘One of the original reasons to burn the straw was to combat blind seed disease.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause (someone) to be unable to see, permanently or temporarily.

    ‘the injury temporarily blinded him’
    ‘her eyes were blinded with scalding tears’
    • ‘But in 1944, Norman returned to action by taking part in D-Day plus one, in which he was wounded in the face and nearly blinded.’
    • ‘Both books feature fighters blinded in one eye due to gloves having padding illegally removed.’
    • ‘Thunder cracked as a response to Malia's anger, and lightning flashed, blinding everyone temporarily.’
    • ‘‘I'm going to try and throw a flashbang at it, and blind the pilot inside,’ I informed him.’
    • ‘The moon twinkled off the water, dazzling me, blinding me for a moment.’
    • ‘I said nothing, but merely nodded, tears temporarily blinding me, blurring my vision.’
    • ‘For example, a royal court would blind or cut off the hand of a thief; a Church court might send a thief on a pilgrimage.’
    • ‘This deficiency blinds 500,000 children in over 70 countries every year.’
    • ‘It is the story of Samson, the mighty warrior who was betrayed by his lover, and then blinded and imprisoned by his enemies, the Philistines.’
    • ‘Orphaned and blinded from childhood, he became an ascetic freethinker and materialist.’
    • ‘Five players were permanently blinded and a dozen more had permanent eye defects leading to reduced vision.’
    • ‘Sentencing him, she said Margerum had lashed out in drink at someone who had done him no harm and said he could have left his victim blinded.’
    • ‘They hit the news in 1997 in Britain when they became a teenage fashion accessory and were then quickly converted into a weapon which could cause blinding.’
    • ‘One way of preventing the victims from seeing and knowing the regime's political agendas was to plunge them literally into the dark - to blind them.’
    • ‘Burnley Crown Court heard Mr Cook, who works in computers, suffered a break to his retina and feared waking up blinded.’
    • ‘St Dunstan's charity, which looks after servicemen and women blinded in the service of their country, organised the event.’
    • ‘Several times a rather energetic guy in a shirt that could blind at fifty paces came close to having my eye out with his elbow, and his high kicks were enough to bring down the lighting rig.’
    • ‘A man blinded in one eye by a samurai sword attack in Kidbrooke was the victim of mistaken identity, a court has heard.’
    • ‘Eric, blinded more than 20 years ago by a genetic disorder, has been getting one-and-a-half hours of help every Thursday morning.’
    • ‘She was blinded by her tears and the smoke, so she couldn't see the burning timber above her that was about to fall.’
    make blind, deprive of sight, deprive of vision, render unsighted, render sightless, put someone's eyes out, gouge someone's eyes out
    stop someone seeing, obscure someone's vision, block someone's vision, get in someone's line of vision
    dazzle
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  • 2Deprive (someone) of understanding, judgement, or perception.

    ‘he was blinded by his faith’
    ‘somehow Clare and I were blinded to the truth’
    • ‘Or had I been blinded by my own passion, and my own desperate yearning for her to see me as I saw her?’
    • ‘In the process, the patient is willfully blinded to the conduct that inevitably causes his misery in the first place.’
    • ‘A minority still believed that it was possible and necessary to resist Germany, and refused to let anti-Communism blind them to the necessity for a Soviet alliance.’
    • ‘But that perception can easily blind us to other aspects of homelessness.’
    • ‘However, he was blinded to all other clinical and demographic data for this investigation.’
    • ‘Pitic may have let the internal disagreements blind him from the many uncertainties ahead, not least the survival of Yugoslavia itself.’
    • ‘The Counter-Reformation proved to the outside world that the Catholic Church had recognised its past failings and was willing to reform itself rather than blind itself to its faults.’
    • ‘Such reactions either blind them to what you're trying to get across, or they go away so worried that they don't function effectively for days.’
    • ‘Stalinism crippled us by castrating our moral passion, blinding us to the wrongs done to men if those wrongs were done in the name of Communism.’
    • ‘Perhaps our closeness to the intricacies of identity, including race and gender, blind us to what we have in common with humanity.’
    • ‘But… now that she really thought about it, now that she didn't let anger blind her, just why did Aiden grab her book and throw it?’
    • ‘I cried as I admitted that I was so selfish that I was blinded to the fact that Will had needed my help all along.’
    • ‘Don't let the fact that its reputation was tarnished by several lackluster sequels blind you to the original's charms.’
    • ‘It starred Russell Crowe as a young skinhead on a path of self-destruction, though his ideals blind him to the damage he is doing to himself.’
    • ‘However, don't let these minor things blind you to the fact that The Big Book of Busts is actually an extremely important addition to any serious chess library.’
    • ‘Even pretending to be an imbecile did not blind her to the fact that her advisors broke into sly smiles they quickly tried to conceal when they saw the piece of silk sticking out of her bag.’
    • ‘He was used to getting his own way and was so enraged that he was blinded to the consequences of his actions.’
    • ‘Don't let your enthusiasm for new ideas blind you to the possibility that maybe they will undo something of long standing that is really valuable.’
    • ‘What I'm trying to get at is that imposing notions of ‘equality’ on everyone may, in some situations, blind us to what is going on.’
    • ‘She is blinded by his charm and she's doing these things that she normally would never do.’
    deprive of understanding, deprive of perception, deprive of judgement, deprive of reason, deprive of sense
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    1. 2.1blind someone with Confuse or overawe someone with (something they do not understand)
      ‘they try to blind you with science’
      • ‘Kaltag could not feel the importance of this call, for he was blinded with anticipation.’
      • ‘It blinded me with details of how many of its clients were looking for a car just like mine.’
      • ‘It is, of course, deliberately provocative and designed to tempt an unwitting Unionite into criticising his choice of closure before blinding him with the weight and depth of his erudition.’
      • ‘They probably won't blind you with science just yet, however.’
      • ‘One shows its promise in tantalizing flashes, the other blinds us with its reckless skill.’
      • ‘Identifying with either side blinds you with ideology, makes up your mind for you and stops you thinking.’
      • ‘Most managers in shops have no idea what the regulations say, and it's not difficult to blind them with a little bit of knowledge.’
      • ‘So next time some geek tries to blind you with science by saying, ‘I'm translating some FORTRAN into BASIC, but I'd really like to re-do it in Assembler,’ you will have some idea what that means.’
      • ‘Far from attempting to blind us with science on behalf of one side or the other, Mr Ridley is determined to open our eyes to what is staring us in the face: the fact that we are the product of a transition between the two.’
      • ‘Vander's contradictory impulses, to conceal and to reveal (to blind us with insight) are not exposed as a failing but revealed as inherent to speech.’
      • ‘You're blinding us with calculated, partisan gibberish.’
      • ‘Ross always tried to blind them with actuarial science to prove he was doing a good job when actually he wasn't.’
      • ‘But when O'Rourke is not blinding you with his offensiveness, he's dishing out tremendous observations on human nature.’
      • ‘Of the communists, Richard Wright concluded: ‘They're blind… Their enemies have blinded them with too much oppression.’’
      • ‘As I read this article I got that feeling that this was a case of trying to blind us with science.’
      • ‘All too often one is served by people who either blind you with science, or who haven't a clue but are trying to hide this.’
      • ‘They won't say that O'Dwyer has blinded them with insight.’
      • ‘We ritualize this process to make sure we don't allow the grief of great tragedies to blind us with mob fury, inflamed judgments and uninformed reasoning.’
      • ‘She blinded me with science, and weird science at that.’
      • ‘Jon has too much value cos he can blind them with science and they are confused by him.’
      overawe, awe, intimidate, daunt, deter, cow, abash
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  • 3British dated, informal no object, with adverbial of direction Move very fast and dangerously.

    ‘I could see the bombs blinding along above the roof tops’
    • ‘The first thing they knew was Grant came blinding along at an absolutely unheard of speed for a Destroyer following up a Convoy, hitting them half way between the conning tower and tail.’
    • ‘It seems that you will be the one blatting blinding along, and when you shunt me because I have broken down you'll claim that I shouldn't have been there.’
    • ‘With Live in Vain blinding along, she could be the one chasing and coming out of the pack to make it nervous in the last 100m.’
    • ‘The way she answered made Diggs think back to his high school sweetheart, and the matted clump her hair would become when she'd wear his bike helmet, and he could feel her heart through her T-shirt, blinding down the road, skid marks on the road.’
    • ‘Blinding along a motorway at 90 mph is terribly inefficient, but an awful lot of people do it - and I don't mean business people hurrying to keep appointments.’

noun

  • 1A screen for a window, especially one on a roller or made of slats.

    ‘she pulled down the blinds’
    • ‘Now she was trapped in the darkness for the windows were covered with blinds and curtains.’
    • ‘For this project, you can use any covering you would use for a window, from blinds to curtains.’
    • ‘Sunlight poked through the slats in the white blinds over my window.’
    • ‘A boy came to the rescue of his four-year-old sister after a window blind cord became trapped around her neck.’
    • ‘The moon shines through the slats of the window blinds, casting stripes of light and shadow over the two beds in the semi-private room.’
    • ‘Harry Cat was all set for a long sleep in but Dolly was determined to rouse me as soon as the light filtered through the blind.’
    • ‘Once the door had been shut and locked, Krupka moved to the window and pulled the blind down.’
    • ‘The room had one small window, but the blinds were pulled over it.’
    • ‘Someone walked into the room making a noise sounding like they were pulling up blinds from windows.’
    • ‘Anna watched as the plane flew over and through all the clouds in the sky before pulling the blind back over the window.’
    • ‘Alyssa walked slowly over to the window and pulled the blinds up.’
    • ‘The desk can then be placed under the window, and the blind used to restrict light when needed.’
    • ‘The blind covering the reception window was firmly down.’
    • ‘Lobo started shuffling uphill, on crooked empty streets past blind-shuttered windows.’
    • ‘If eyes are the windows to the soul, Coach Willingham has the curtains pulled, blinds raised and windows cranked all the way open.’
    • ‘Susan ordered windows with miniblinds sandwiched between the glass so she'd never need to clean another blind.’
    • ‘At one point, I noticed Terri's window blinds were pulled down.’
    • ‘I shut my screen, window and blinds, and looked around my room.’
    • ‘He pulls the blinds down on the windows in the living room.’
    • ‘Each inhabitant has chosen an image that most represents their life to be traced onto a blind affixed to the windows of the south-facing facade.’
    screen, shade, louvre, awning, canopy, sunshade, curtain, shutter, cover, covering, protection
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    1. 1.1British An awning over a shop window.
      • ‘On the left just above the logo is a shop blind that used to protect the meat in the window display from sunshine.’
      • ‘That is why, for the past 10 years, McLeod has watched his firm, which specialises in manufacturing shop blinds and awnings, flourish.’
      • ‘The traditional box blind is still widely used today, being probably the most durable type of awning still manufactured.’
      • ‘Having been here when Queen Victoria reigned, Deans is the only blinds company that is still in business who can provide an authentic Victorian or Edwardian awning to complete the finishing touch to a serious restoration project on a shop, restaurant or even a special private house.’
      • ‘For the past 30 years the 58-year-old has worked for a company in Devon that produces blinds and awnings.’
  • 2in singular Something designed to conceal one's real intentions.

    ‘he phoned again from his own home: that was just a blind for his wife’
    • ‘Its members rarely published any verse or stories for adult market publications, and wrote instead for children's magazines, a blind for some of the most experimental work in the Stalinist era.’
    • ‘Our advantages and disadvantages then, can be summarized as follows:… 6. Serves as a blind for the real project.’
    • ‘‘Ruse’ applies to that which is contrived as a blind for one's real intentions or for the truth.’
    • ‘That phrase ‘Parlay cheval ou’ [tell my horse] is in daily, hourly use in Haiti and no doubt it is used as a blind for self-expression.’
    • ‘The aversion to addressing race concerns that is demonstrated through this research carries through to an aversion to discussing race as a driver in and a blind for bad social policy.’
    deception, camouflage, screen, smokescreen, front, facade, cover, disguise, cloak, pretext, masquerade, mask, feint
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    1. 2.1North American A camouflaged shelter used for observing or hunting wildlife.
      ‘a duck blind’
      • ‘They retreated back to a duck blind, and watched to see what would happen.’
      • ‘One evening we labored, stung by nettles and mosquitoes, to set up Sewell's camera blind on Otter Pond in the great marsh.’
      • ‘Expect to be there for awhile: You don't want to leave the blind until you're done taking photos.’
      • ‘So, effectively, when you are in one blind there is only one opening where you can use your 600 mm.’
      • ‘In a 1998 speech, Gore likened opposition to affirmative action to a duck blind.’
      • ‘If you're in a blind, well, not much you can do, but if you can use a camera with a manual rewind and advance instead of automatic, that would certainly be preferable.’
      • ‘Boyles regretted passing several does from a tower blind rashly dubbed ‘Muy Grande.’’
      • ‘Peak and relative density counts were combined to arrive at density estimates for each species in each year at each blind.’
      • ‘RSPB staff installed a digital camera to beam nest images back to visitors at the island's bird blind.’
      • ‘I began to scan the lake, and I could see the duck blind on the opposite shore.’
      • ‘The combination worked well in the duck blind, and was great for goose and turkey hunting.’
      • ‘One day Kay headed off with her husband to an observation blind, leaving the tiny boys in the care of a hired helper.’
      • ‘As soon as foods were distributed among cages, we monitored and video recorded behavior from an observation blind.’
      • ‘The space is, in fact, just about twice that of the average hunting blind.’
      • ‘The number of food deliveries made to supplemented and control nestlings were counted from the observation blind.’
      • ‘A rain shelter was provided on the end opposite to the observation blind and numerous perches were scattered throughout.’
      • ‘You could jerry-rig a blind from a camouflage cloth, or use a small tent that you don't mind modifying.’
      • ‘A bit off to the east I can hear a dull ‘thwack’ sound as one of my hunting partners builds himself a little blind.’
      • ‘Sitting in a box blind feels like hunting from a closet.’
      • ‘It would prohibit placement of a temporary or permanent hunting blind or wildlife feeder within 150 yards of a fence serving as a property boundary.’
  • 3British dated, informal A heavy drinking bout.

    ‘he's off on a blind again’
    drinking bout, debauch
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adverb

  • 1Without being able to see clearly.

    ‘he was the first pilot in history to fly blind’
    ‘wines were tasted blind’
    • ‘Divson obliged, his single hand not shaking in the least as his free one searched blind for the objects, produced them and slid them to Prast.’
    • ‘To explain: if you're listening to songs blind, you really need two functions: next, and play/stop.’
    • ‘It was like fighting blind, and against a ferocious wild cat at that.’
    • ‘Driving blind, he came over the hill to find his ball on a gorse-infested slope.’
    • ‘I heard it and felt it, but did the whole thing blind.’
    1. 1.1 Without having all the relevant information; unprepared.
      ‘he was going into the interview blind’
      • ‘Legislatures who pass RFRAs, then, are legislating blind.’
      • ‘I won't have the minor characters, I won't have the solution to the problem; I'm writing blind.’
      • ‘It would be nearly impossible (although we have done it) to do this all blind.’
      • ‘One can only, most favorably, conclude that Ford is travelling blind.’
      • ‘It is hoped that such a direct involvement with message board will enable with a higher ‘charge’ than if one were coming to the experiment blind.’
      • ‘I was the only one who'd been inside Agent HQ before - the rest were running blind.’
      • ‘Maddux will enter the free agent market blind for the first time in his life, and actually with lack of desiring competitors.’
      • ‘The players now have more information about who they are playing against, and because of that they're not going into games blind any more.’
      • ‘In short, Hatfill would no longer be proceeding blind.’
    2. 1.2 (of a stake in poker or brag) put up by a player before the cards dealt are seen.
      • ‘Others allow the dealer to identify one trick before play begins, the winner of which gets the blind along with the trick.’
      • ‘The last two cards (or three when you play with a joker) form the blind.’
      • ‘The fact that no one will pick may also indicate that crucial high trumps are in the blind.’
      • ‘When there is that extra dead money out there, it is simply terrible to give two people free rides, and the small blind a cheap look, when you have a playable hand in best position.’
      • ‘Simply calling the big blind would make no sense if hands indeed ran close together in value.’

Phrases

  • bake something blind

    • Bake a pastry or flan case without a filling.

      • ‘Make a wholewheat flan case and bake it blind for a few minutes.’
      • ‘Line a flan ring or pie dish with the prepared pastry and bake it blind in a hot oven.’
      • ‘The primary problem I encountered was having the pastry shrink a considerable amount while baking them blind.’
      • ‘Also, when Delia does a tart, she brushes egg yolk on the pastry base and bakes it blind to keep it crisp when it is filled and baked.’
      • ‘Roll out your pastry, line your greased flan case, and bake it blind for about 20 minutes.’
      • ‘Line a deep pie dish with half the pie crust, prick the pastry and bake it blind for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Buy sweet short pastry and bake it blind into a tart shell till well cooked and browned.’
      • ‘Line a 20-23 cm tart tin, with a removable base, with sweet shortcrust and bake it blind until lightly coloured.’
      • ‘Prick all over with a fork and pre-bake it blind on a baking tray for 10 minutes in the centre of the oven.’
  • (as) blind as a bat

    • informal Having very bad eyesight.

      ‘she's blind as a bat without glasses’
      • ‘You have to be blind as a bat not to see that the second part is a fraud.’
      • ‘However encyclopaedic your knowledge of antiques, if you're blind as a bat, forget it.’
      • ‘He just looked around, obviously blind as a bat.’
      • ‘At 8:30, the security guards show up, the banker takes off his glasses (he's blind as a bat without 'em) and at 10:00, they open the vault door.’
      • ‘It knocked my glasses off and I am as blind as a bat without them.’
      • ‘I know you are blind as a bat, but come on, Lily.’
      • ‘The ringleader said I couldn't identify them because I was blind as a bat.’
      • ‘‘Yes, I'm blind as a bat,’ he said sarcastically.’
      • ‘Struggling to keep her wayward fringe at bay, Hailey meandered away from the beach blind as a bat, until she bumped into someone or something.’
      • ‘River has perfect eyesight, as he frequently reminds my older brother, who is blind as a bat and wears glasses 24-7.’
      visually impaired, unsighted, sightless, visionless, unseeing, stone blind, eyeless
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  • blind drunk

    • informal Extremely drunk.

      • ‘The Irish (and crowds of people pretending to be Irish) celebrate St Patrick's Day with the day off work and the chance to get blind drunk on Guinness.’
      • ‘I just can't remember doing it, just being on the floor, then feeling sick and deciding to sit up on my bed for a bit, ever the pragmatist, even when blind drunk, in case I was concussed.’
      • ‘If he hadn't been blind, staggering drunk, he probably wouldn't have missed.’
      • ‘Until the previous day Mr Fairclough had lived in Mr Bartlett's flat in Strensall, but Mr Bartlett had asked him to leave for either taking cocaine or being blind drunk.’
      • ‘The blog entry I wanted to write claimed that I was able to install Movable Type Blacklist without a hitch despite being blind drunk and, temporarily, a willful hater of computers.’
      • ‘Are there really people in the world who need to be told not to get blind drunk and criticize the boss's politics and/or fashion choices at the company Christmas party?’
      • ‘Never, ever go out and get blind drunk with Georgia, Paul, Ronald and Iain and tell them intimate details of your life and expect that they will forget them and not taunt you with them the following morning.’
      • ‘It's quite sweet she thinks people go to Vegas just to see Celine Dion, rather than just stumbling in blind drunk after losing their kid's college funds on the craps table.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly, Mr Manners took to blundering into my flat at 3.30 am in a most unchivalrous manner: blind drunk, ranting that his mother didn't love him, and mistaking my saxophone case for a lavatory.’
      • ‘I thought of him while writing this piece because in 1916 he challenged Jack Johnson, the Heavyweight Champion of the World, to a fight, turned up blind drunk and lost within one round.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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  • there's none so blind as those who will not see

    • proverb There's no point trying to reason with someone who does not want to listen to reason.

      • ‘I even sent him lots of photographs of Staffies and children to underline my point that they are not dangerous dogs, but I suppose there's none so blind as those who will not see.’
      • ‘I've always tried to open the eyes of the blind concerning exercise junk, but there are none so blind as those who will not see.’
      • ‘I would have thought the spectacular results of the Sylvan Learning Centers would have put the last nail in the coffin of coerced ‘public school,’ but there are none so blind as those who will not see.’
      • ‘All this is passing before our very eyes, but there are none so blind as those who will not see.’
      • ‘In front of me is a copy of your book with the name spelt out clearly, but there's none so blind as those who will not see.’
  • turn a blind eye

    • Pretend not to notice.

      ‘please, don't turn a blind eye to what is happening’
      • ‘Human nature makes men and their companies greedy and makes corrupt governments turn blind eyes.’
      • ‘The heads of schools in some quarters show a blind eye to misconduct.’
      • ‘In many ways, I think he's given the Saudis a pass and he's turned a blind eye to them.’
      • ‘We cannot continue to turn a blind eye or ear and pretend that all is well when many people are hurting and yearning for help.’
      • ‘It is a problem people are prepared to turn a blind eye to it because people rarely notice these sites as they are covered over.’
      • ‘We cannot have a church which ignores the modern world and which turns a blind eye to society.’
      • ‘Please, don't turn a blind eye or passively ignore what is happening.’
      • ‘He turns a blind eye to the weapons that pass illegally through Shannon.’
      • ‘To maintain suspicion requires not only ignoring the flaws in Wakefield's research, but also turning a blind eye to the large number of studies which show no causal link.’
      • ‘But there's nothing amicable or admirable about food prepared and presented as carelessly as this restaurant's often is, about an emphasis on quantity that turns a blind eye to quality.’
      overlook, disregard, neglect, ignore, pay no attention to, pay no heed to, pass over, omit, skip, skip over, gloss over, leave out, leave undone, forget
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  • when the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditch

    • proverb Those people without knowledge or experience should not try to guide or advise others in a similar position.

      ‘I didn't know anything about fighting and neither did my students—it was the blind leading the blind’
      • ‘That's what happens, my friend, when the blind lead the blind.’
      • ‘Viewing the use of insensitive in vitro assays used to understand the equivalent insensitive rodent bioassays can be likened to the blind leading the blind.’
      • ‘They are a highly useful source of information, although sometimes the validity of their answers may be low: ‘the blind leading the blind.’’
      • ‘Apparently they had bought into the old saw that ‘when the blind lead the blind, all will stumble and fall into the ditch.’’
      • ‘An ancient rule of wisdom advises that when the blind lead the blind they all stumble into the ditch.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German blind.

Pronunciation

blind

/blʌɪnd/