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blindfold

[blahynd-fohld] /ˈblaɪndˌfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.
2.
to impair the awareness or clear thinking of:
Don't let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.
noun
3.
a cloth or bandage put before the eyes to prevent seeing.
adjective
4.
with the eyes covered:
a blindfold test.
5.
rash; unthinking:
a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; alteration, by association with fold1, of blindfell to cover the eyes, strike blind, Middle English blindfellen; see blind, fell2
Related forms
unblindfolded, adjective
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  • Or a blindfold for a pirate's captive walking the plank.
  • She slowly puts on a blindfold, places a pair of scissors on her lap, then drops her hands to her side.
  • Certain loud noises are the acoustic equivalent of a blindfold.
  • Thither the boys who are to be initiated are conducted blindfold, followed by their parents and relations.
  • The burly guard returned, pulled one prisoner into the open doorway and tied a white cloth around his eyes as a blindfold.
  • It has as much to do with language as blindfold, in other words.
  • When she removed the blindfold, the children had to say where the token was.
  • Picking track favorites is tough enough but picking mid-packers should be done with a dart board and a blindfold.
  • If you are determined to sleep on the plane, use earplugs or a blindfold to help reduce outside stimuli.
  • blindfold him and he'll still make putts and he has been great around the greens as well this season.
British Dictionary definitions for blindfold

blindfold

/ˈblaɪndˌfəʊld/
verb (transitive)
1.
to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
2.
to prevent from perceiving or understanding
noun
3.
a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
4.
any interference to sight
adjective, adverb
5.
having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
6.
(chess) not seeing the board and pieces
7.
rash; inconsiderate
Word Origin
changed (C16) through association with fold1 from Old English blindfellian to strike blind; see blind, fell²
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Word Origin and History for blindfold
v.

1520s, alteration, by similarity to fold, of blindfelled (early 14c.), past participle of blindfellan "blindfold, cover the eyes (with a bandage, etc.)," also "to strike blind" (c.1200), from Old English (ge)blindfellian "to strike blind," from blind (adj.) + Anglian gefeollan "to strike down," as in to fell a tree (see fell (v.)). Related: Blindfolded; blindfolding.

n.

1880, from blindfold (v.).

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