blindside (plural blindsides)
- (automotive) A driver's field of blindness around an automobile; the side areas behind the driver.
- (rugby) the space on the side of the pitch with the shorter distance between the breakdown/set piece and the touchline; compare openside.
- (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 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in 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.
in rugby union — see blindside flanker
- (transitive) To attack (a person) on his or her blind side.
- The robbers crept out of the forest and blindsided the traveller.
- (transitive, figuratively, informal) To catch off guard; to take by surprise.
- He had completed his plan to develop a new office building, but was blindsided by the sudden drop in real estate values.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:blindside.