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blindside

[blahynd-sahyd] /ˈblaɪndˌsaɪd/
verb (used with object), blindsided, blindsiding.
1.
Sports. to tackle, hit, or attack (an opponent) from the blind side:
The quarterback was blindsided and had the ball knocked out of his hand.
2.
Informal. to attack critically where a person is vulnerable, uninformed, etc.:
The president was blindsided by the press on the latest tax bill.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; v. use of noun phrase blind side
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  • Your board was blindsided by tentative approaches to merge with another bank.
  • Given how the administration has been repeatedly blindsided by events, the answer is likely a no.
  • Although prepared for the less-virulent kennel cough, boarding sites have been blindsided by the new virus.
  • Rider says he was blindsided by the league's decision to suspend him for two games for past off-court transgressions.
  • The seismic shift by consumers to small cars from large vehicles has blindsided virtually every automaker.

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