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1British informal An excellent performance in a game or race:‘Marinello played a blinder in his first game’
- ‘Dancing Mystery ran a blinder in last year's race, being in front inside the final furlong, only to be swamped near the finish.’
- ‘But get there in one piece we did, and it was a blinder.’
- ‘So in that sense one could say that Blair has played a blinder by occupying what commentators call the ‘centre ground’ of politics.’
- ‘A further neck back in third was High Reach, while Two Step Kid, the only three-year-old in the race, ran a blinder in fourth.’
- ‘Scrum-half Danny Brough, another player to have a blinder at The Shay, claimed the remainder to stay in touch with the leaders.’
- ‘In the meantime, gay Ben is playing a blinder.’
- ‘Winner of the valuable William Hill Trophy on Knavesmire in June, Artie ran a blinder on his latest start in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon.’
- ‘That said, his replacement, Stuart Godfrey, had a blinder on the flank having been thrown into his debut at the deep end.’
- ‘Previously trained by David Nicholls, and now with Steve Gollings, the four-year-old ran a blinder for his new handler at Newcastle last time.’
- ‘CueBall's Angie Hields played a blinder in the York John Smith's Ladies League division one clash with Flag and Whistle.’
- ‘‘He ran a blinder on his first run of the season and the Tripleprint will be his next run, God willing,’ said Nicholls.’
- ‘This is not hype, but fact: ‘Well’, the debut novel by Matthew McIntosh, is a blinder.’
- ‘Let's start with an opera - Mozart does the music and Shakespeare writes the story… now that would be a blinder!’
- ‘Reg Hollinshead's youngster ran a blinder in a hot race at Beverley last time to chase home the high-class Sharplaw Star.’
- ‘The senior team played a blinder in a division 1 game against Trumera Rovers on Sunday November 30th.’
- ‘Once again the Clonaslee NS girls played a blinder in their recent league game.’
- ‘Those poor people missed an absolute blinder, we scored after four minutes and it was easy street after that - it was absolutely superb.’
- ‘One race is the sum total of Philharmonic's racing career to date, but he ran a blinder on his debut at Ripon to be narrowly beaten by Wanchai Lad, a winner again at Redcar on Thursday.’
- ‘Their goalkeeper had an absolute blinder and if it hadn't have been for him we would won by far more than just 3-0.’
- ‘I think Amberleigh House is just about spot on, and in the next 10 days we will put a fine edge on him, but if the race was tomorrow he'd run a blinder.’
2blindersNorth American Blinkers on a horse's bridle.
- ‘We're like those horses in Central Park who have the blinders on and don't see the cars to the left and the right.’
- ‘But Soderbergh is a race horse, blinders on and running hard, in the best sense of that metaphor.’
- ‘Leading this arduous feat is Michael Anthony Rawlins, who parades Boy Willy like a horse wearing blinders in his drive for land ownership.’
- ‘Somehow, like putting blinders on a horse, he feels calmer.’
- ‘They wore clothes that suggested the warm weather I had felt was just beginning, and their steeds only had blinders and saddles on.’
- ‘Spectators can be a problem for some horses, and I often find that some horses do better with blinders on (the kind that you see on racehorses).’
- ‘He said, ‘Run your own race, baby,’ and saying that made me think about the blinders, you know, and not looking at the other horses gave me such a picture, such an image.’
- ‘Halfway down the hill and going faster by the second, she saw a horse wearing blinders turn onto the road in front of her.’
- ‘Although the use of an a priori model greatly simplified the analysis of the 84 books, the model necessarily functions like a horse's blinders, constraining what is sought and therefore found.’
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