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blinker

[bling-ker] /ˈblɪŋ kər/
noun
1.
a device for flashing light signals.
2.
a light that flashes intermittently, especially one that serves as a traffic signal.
3.
either of two leather flaps on a bridle, to prevent a horse from seeing sideways; a blinder.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put blinkers on.
Origin of blinker
1630-1640
1630-40; blink + -er1
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  • blinker got a pager and looked up the movements of Sunday steamboats.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • But blinker always remembered that he was a gentleman—a thing that no gentleman should do.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • But the instant the blinker was in her hands and bright little messages came to her out of the night, loneliness fled.

  • Twice shall the barber tweak the helpless nose of a blinker.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • Considered as an ornament a blinker decorates a horse about as much as an eye shade does a man.

  • "And I am laying brick on a tall factory chimney," said blinker.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • The blinker wealth was in lands, tenements and hereditaments, as the legal phrase goes.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • blinker held Florence tightly until the boat had righted itself.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • blinker did not read her look accurately, but by some miracle he suddenly saw Coney aright.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • "Don't say that again," said blinker in a tone that made her look at him in frank surprise.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for blinker

blinker

/ˈblɪŋkə/
noun
1.
a flashing light for sending messages, as a warning device, etc, such as a direction indicator on a road vehicle
2.
(often pl) a slang word for eye1
verb (transitive)
3.
to provide (a horse) with blinkers
4.
to obscure with or as if with blinkers
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Word Origin and History for blinker
n.

1630s, "one who blinks," agent noun from blink (v.). As a type of horse eye screen to keep the animal looking straight ahead, from 1789. Slang meaning "the eye" is from 1816. Meaning "intermittent flashing light" is from 1923.

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