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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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  • But sometimes it fails spectacularly, and people are simply blindsided by events such as today's economic crisis.
  • The chair would surely feel blindsided to learn of the project through hallway gossip.
  • Students should never be blindsided by a negative evaluation.
  • Everybody was blindsided by the magnitude of what happened.
  • So it's no surprise some elected officials feel blindsided.
  • Jon himself was completely blindsided by all this reaction.
  • Patty, who was a stay-at-home mom and wasn't earning money, was blindsided.
  • To say he was blindsided by it all, he has also said, would be the understatement of the century.
  • So without change-of-control safeguards, the danger of being blindsided is growing.
  • He has a knack of adroitly skirting many of the trickier controversies, only to be blindsided by some of the more avoidable ones.

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