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  1. (Britain, Australia) Sorry mate, I didn′t see you.
    • 2010, Matt Croucher, Flash Point[1], page 13:
      The motorist claimed Smidsy after the crash — ‘Sorry mate I didn't see you’.

Usage notes[edit]

The acronym is used by motorcyclists and cyclists in reference to traffic collisions in which the driver of a car or larger vehicle claims not to have noticed a two-wheel biker. It is usually derogatory, in that the claim is often that the driver was not at fault (when he/she patently was). SMIDSY was also used as a title of a BBC series on road safety broadcast in the 1980s.

A related usage by the UK government is LBFTS (looked but failed to see).[1]

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