Definition of blinders in US English:


plural noun

North American
  • 1A pair of small screens attached to a horse's bridle to prevent it seeing sideways and behind; blinkers.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leading this arduous feat is Michael Anthony Rawlins, who parades Boy Willy like a horse wearing blinders in his drive for land ownership.’
    • ‘They wore clothes that suggested the warm weather I had felt was just beginning, and their steeds only had blinders and saddles on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Halfway down the hill and going faster by the second, she saw a horse wearing blinders turn onto the road in front of her.’
    • ‘But Soderbergh is a race horse, blinders on and running hard, in the best sense of that metaphor.’
    • ‘Somehow, like putting blinders on a horse, he feels calmer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    1. 1.1 Something that prevents someone from gaining a full understanding of a situation.
      ‘they will wear their cultural blinders to the grave’
      • ‘There are a lot of purists out there with blinders who have gotten stuck in the ‘this is the way I've always done it’ rut.’
      • ‘‘It will force lawyers to take the blinders off,’ says Susan J. Hackett, general counsel of the American Corporate Counsel Assn.’
      • ‘It was interesting because - as I said I don't write consciously - my first draft, I tend to just follow the story and there's blinders on to everything on the side.’
      • ‘‘Its Wavering Image’ is a story about looking and seeing; in particular, it is about the blinders that racism puts on Carson's perception.’
      • ‘The patient who read his own hospital history, ‘written with medical blinders on’ exclaimed in anguish, ‘But there is nothing in here about me!’’
      • ‘In particular, the interviews suggest, not for the first time, the need to rethink the role of punishment and confrontation in these programs with a fresh eye and without ideological blinders.’
      • ‘We double cast everything, on fine basis of body size, ability, height for partnering, but we have no racial blinders in casting.’
      • ‘This is less a thriller than a psychological study, but because of the blinders of generic anticipation, many won't see that its director thinks far beyond those narrow parameters.’
      • ‘One suspects there isn't a problem in America, no matter how knotty or profound, that Gladwell can't imagine some nifty solution to, if only we'd take off the blinders of ideology and put on the glasses of science and observation.’
      • ‘During the life of this journal, slavery has been restored by historians as a central cause for the war, and the Radicals have gone from villains to heroes, even if remaining somewhat flawed human beings with racial blinders of their own.’
      • ‘It means that you've got some kind of blinders on, sweetie!’
      • ‘Those who bow only at the altar of size have effectively put on blinders, not just to the nuances of bodybuilding, but to the essence of what made Frank Zane's body a true wonder in the history of physique development.’
      • ‘They were worldly and farsighted when it came to brownstone quarrying, but that view was constricted by blinders to the impending changes in building technology and the image of brownstone.’
      • ‘I think ballet companies need to branch out to communities - we can't keep blinders on in this business.’
      • ‘Both of their families would have had to have blinders on not to recognize that Ben's first-born and Jim Archer's youngest daughter were starting to care more than a little for each other.’
      • ‘He's got blinders on and I don't think he's serving the university well by continuing to beat this drum.’
      • ‘Like a horse at a race, we can have professional blinders on our eyes, limiting our explorations and our explanations to a particular ideological comfort zone.’
      • ‘This is important because sometimes these kids have blinders on and have tunnel vision and can only see what is around them - the guys on the corner, the guys who are stealing, who are making the money.’
      • ‘Anyone without ideological blinders should be able to recognize that airport security is one area best dealt with by the public sector - where public safety, not profits, are the main goal.’
      • ‘But in a polarized debate, both sides tend to put on blinders, playing down the risks, exaggerating the benefits and generally neglecting the practical impact of the actions they support.’