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- Very bright (as if to cause blindness).
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure:
- On it came, and with it came the glorious blinding cloud of many-coloured light, and stood before us for a space, turning, as it seemed to us, slowly round and round, and then, accompanied by its attendant pomp of sound, passed away I know not whither.
- Making blind or as if blind; depriving of sight or of understanding.
- blinding tears; blinding snow
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
- (UK, slang) Brilliant; marvellous.
- "How's it going?" "Blinding, mate."
- (nonstandard) To an extreme degree; blindingly.
- 1983, Régis Debray, Critique of Political Reason, page 6:
- certain 'details' of 'scientifically realized socialism' became blinding obvious
- 1997, Steven Barnes, Blood Brothers, page 190:
- He made the basket on his second attempt, after an exchange of moves so blinding fast that Derek could barely distinguish them.
- 2003, Sally Prue, The Devil's Toenail, page 139:
- I was in a nightmare, and everything was blinding bright, inky black, blinding bright; and fading, and fading
- 2005 February 8, “The greatest show on earth”, in Guardian Unlimited:
- It's the blinding obvious fact that American football is the real-life equivalent of Quidditch. Or maybe Fireball - the game invented by Joey and Chandler
- 2006 November 28, “Converged networks lack adequate business tools”, in Inquirer:
- WHILST IT'S blinding obvious that converged networks are the way to go, it's also apparent that C21 [21st Century] networks won't get rapidly rolled out
- 2007 May 24, “US Note Yields Near 4-Month High Before Durable Goods Report”, in Bloomberg:
- Roger Yates, chief executive officer of Henderson Group Plc in London, which oversees about $125 billion said Greenspan's remarks were "blinding obvious".
to an extreme degree
blinding (plural blindings)
- The act of causing blindness.
- A thin coat of sand or gravel used to fill holes in a new road surface.
- A thin sprinkling of sand or chippings laid on a newly tarred surface.