Definition of blind side in US English:

blind side

noun

  • 1A direction in which a person has a poor view, typically of approaching danger.

    ‘a minivan nearly clipped him on his blind side’
    • ‘I didn't get riled when he bit me or when he put my arm in a lock on the blind side of the referee and tried to break it or when he headbutted me and opened up a cut that needed 17 stitches.’
    • ‘Swift, decisive and up the blind side, Fernando Alonso has taken the world of Formula One by surprise.’
    • ‘Pateley left-back Dan Carrington was fortunate to escape with a clear handball in his own area but it was on the blind side of referee Brian Beecroft who had an outstanding game throughout.’
    • ‘From Brennan's puck out, Waterford went back on the attack and Paul Flynn was lucky to be awarded a free in possession after he had fouled the ball on the blind side of referee, Tom McIntyre.’
    • ‘And with maddening consistency, the easiest birds approach unsaluted from the blind side.’
    • ‘Or being hit from the blind side by someone of far great avoirdupois and wondering how the frame survived.’
    • ‘Veteran defender John Swales was lucky to escape as he blatantly handled to deny Constantine a clear run at goal but fortunately for him it was on the blind side of referee Mr Haslam, who had an excellent game.’
    • ‘Buck observes that he is very antisocial like Dave and just wants to get his job done, although Dave also learns by a bad experience that he does not like to be approached on his blind side.’
    • ‘Horsforth's frustration was clear to see and striker Connolly was fortunate to get away with a spiteful kick at John Mutton on the blind side of the referee.’
    • ‘We went round the blind side and came in low, at 100 ft.’
    1. 1.1Rugby The side opposite the one toward which a person is looking.
      ‘they came at me from my blind side’
      as modifier ‘the crushing blind-side sack of the quarterback’
      • ‘They kept the game tight up front for long periods but were absent on the blind side when scrum half Barry McCann took off on a 40 meter run.’
      • ‘With seconds remaining Philips exploited space on the blind side from a scrum on the French 10-metre line.’
      • ‘Ilkley regained possession but some of the worst examples of poor passing and a knock on allowed Heath to attack the blind side from the scrum.’
      • ‘In a complete reversal of form Keighley were now well in control and Brodleians lead was reduced to a single point when a neat blind side break by scrum half Scott Amos opened the way for wingman Chris Watts to sprint to the line.’
      • ‘In that period Evans used his power to threaten Knottingley's blind side from set scrums, combining with No 8 Ryan Kirkbride and full-back Gareth Evans, but nothing came from these forays.’

verb

[with object]North American
  • 1Hit or attack (someone) on the blind side.

    ‘Jenkins blindsided Adams, knocking him to the sidewalk’
    • ‘The second attacker came from the left this time, blindsiding the girl with a roughly placed fist to her temple.’
    • ‘He blindsided the frantic princess, lifting her over his shoulder as he continued his race with the darts that were now heading in their direction.’
    • ‘One of the man's comrades had snuck up on me and blindsided me with his rifle.’
    • ‘And if you ever blindside me like that again, I'll have your head.’
    • ‘Out of nowhere I was blindsided by a blunt force to the side of the face.’
    • ‘The guy blindsided me and for a time I went shaky in the legs.’
    • ‘Seattle won but Ray got blindsided by former U-Conn thugmate Jake Voskul and left the game with a busted shoulder.’
    • ‘‘We were completely blindsided off the road,’ said an unidentified man who was hurt on Wednesday morning.’
    • ‘Just as he was coming in close, he blindsided him with a fierce punch.’
    • ‘In fact, there's so much story for the viewer to attend to that the spectacular humor that heavily peppers the film often blindsides you.’
    • ‘I was so sure that Val was going to attempt to blindside me.’
    • ‘Then, late in the week, linebacker Ira Davis blindsides cornerback Jason David at his locker because Davis thinks David is seeing his girlfriend.’
    • ‘He blindsided the Rock after his match with Kurt Angle on RAW and put him in the walls of Jericho.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a white minivan blindsided him, causing a ‘fender vault’ that tossed the man three feet into the air, still holding one briefcase.’
    • ‘Any time that a guy is blindsided is inappropriate, and such a move should come with appropriate penalties.’
    • ‘He was blindsided by six imps.’
    • ‘Trent thought it would be funny to blindside me and throw me over his shoulder.’
    • ‘A loose pipe can suck a diver in or blindside him.’
    1. 1.1 Catch (someone) unprepared; attack from an unexpected position.
      ‘protection against being technologically blindsided’
      • ‘Houston Mayor Bill White said city officials were blindsided by FEMA's order.’
      • ‘I honestly don't understand it and won't until the same thing blindsides me.’
      • ‘But if I were a terrorist planning an attack any minute, I wouldn't - given all the publicity - chatter about it on the internet, though I might spend time trying to blindside Ridge that way.’
      • ‘An aide said Frist called the president the night before, so not to blindside him.’
      • ‘So, she's completely blindsided when he's arrested, dragged into a military court and accused of murdering nine people.’
      • ‘Lazio probably was ready for the milk question when he got blindsided by the subway one.’
      • ‘If Mr. O'Neill felt that material got to the president that blindsided him, he should have inquired within his own department.’
      • ‘For all our collective arrogance, we are constantly blindsided by something called the future.’
      • ‘Here's where gender politics blindside club culture's socio-economic axis at a right angle, with positive, not polarizing, results.’
      • ‘He could have told him that he was embarrassing him and all Republicans for blindsiding him.’
      • ‘I don't know why I'm starting to cry, struggling to breathe, as if I'm completely blindsided.’
      • ‘I had been told to trust this recruiter by people I knew, so I was completely blindsided by his change in tactics.’
      • ‘Like a good poem, it blindsides us with the turn it takes right at the end.’
      • ‘The second act, at 25 minutes, which blindsided me to a degree, is an exercise in unconventional reconciliation and takes place in the hung-over wake of the previous night's revelations.’
      • ‘The real home-entertainment troubles are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.’
      • ‘It's also true that we were blindsided by the election results.’
      • ‘Raise your hand if you were blindsided by that revelation.’
      • ‘I think that would be a good first step to resolving this (whichever direction it may go) and you won't be blindsiding her with the breakup.’
      • ‘He wasn't blindsided, merely blind to the devastating impact the pictures would have once they became public.’
      • ‘Rather, he was blindsided because he did not expect the danger to come from small fringe elements but from places like the old Soviet Union and from China.’

Pronunciation

blind side

/ˈblaɪn(d) ˈˌsaɪd/