blindside

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blind +‎ side

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blindside (plural blindsides)

  1. (automotive) A driver's field of blindness around an automobile; the side areas behind the driver.
  2. (rugby) the space on the side of the pitch with the shorter distance between the breakdown/set piece and the touchline; compare openside.
  3. (rugby union) short for blindside flanker, a position in rugby union, usually number 6.
    The blindside [flanker] packs down at the scrum on the blindside.
    • 2011 Septembe 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, BBC Sport:
      However, after an inside pass from Moody to Tom Croft and a surge from the England blind-side, number eight James Haskell was eventually pinged from in front of the posts for not releasing.

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blindside (third-person singular simple present blindsides, present participle blindsiding, simple past and past participle blindsided)

  1. (informal) To catch off guard; to take by surprise.

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