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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 of blindside
1970-1975
1970-75; v. use of noun phrase blind side
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