Definition of sight unseen in US English:

sight unseen


  • 1Without the opportunity to look at the object in question beforehand.

    ‘they bought their computers sight unseen through the mail’
    • ‘Okada's grandmother was a ‘picture bride’ coming over from Japan to marry her grandfather, sight unseen, in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘As for cellos or bows, I really can't think anyone could buy one, sight unseen.’
    • ‘I spoke with the sellers, the Simpsons, and told them that if the aircraft was as they said it was I would buy it… sight unseen!’
    • ‘Six of the seven machines were bought sight unseen, he says.’
    • ‘It is shown at the Galerie d' Antin in Paris in 1916, then lies rolled up in Picasso's studio until it is bought in the early 1920s by Jacques Doucet, sight unseen.’
    • ‘Finally, I hope you haven't bought this property sight unseen and off the plans.’
    • ‘Different manufacturers seem to use different sizing, and clothing can be a tricky thing to buy sight unseen.’
    • ‘As you have learned, buying a vehicle sight unseen over the Internet can be risky.’
    • ‘In the unlikely event that you win the pot again, without having looked at either ‘blind’ hand, you may choose to retain either (but only one), sight unseen, before the next deal.’
    • ‘I appreciate your willingness to buy it sight unseen… and thank you in advance for telling your co-workers if you liked it.’
    • ‘People saw that there was money to be made in oil wells, and many of them decided to buy into the business, for the most part sight unseen.’
    • ‘If you're considering a used vacuum, it's probably not a good idea to buy sight unseen.’
    • ‘The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 brought back the first scientific and economic knowledge of a land purchased sight unseen by the United States.’
    • ‘For years many small businesses have ordered their office furniture sight unseen (not counting photos) through catalogs.’
    • ‘So you went up to Peekskill about two and a half years ago and you bought these 30 arcade games sight unseen.’
    • ‘The bulk of the vehicles are bought sight unseen.’
    • ‘After Kancher's death, his mother, Alexandra, sold the apartment to someone who bought it sight unseen.’
    • ‘I bought it sight unseen and without hesitation.’
    • ‘They purchased it sight unseen and before they ever went to Africa.’
    • ‘I've seen Irish punters putting down €10,000 deposits on apartments in Budapest, sight unseen, just because ‘someone I know bought one’.’
    1. 1.1 Without being seen.
      ‘what other treasures remain sight unseen?’
      • ‘Despite having promised to spend hundreds of thousands making it habitable again, the landlord himself remained sight unseen.’


sight unseen

/sīt ˌənˈsēn/