sight unseen

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Reportedly first attested 1892


  • enPR: sīt′-ŭn-sēn


sight unseen (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Not having seen the object beforehand.
    • 1902, Reed, Myrtle, chapter 5, in Lavender and Old Lace:
      When she wrote, asking me to take charge of her house while she went to Europe, I gladly consented, sight unseen.
    • 2005 August 2, Kakutani, Michiko, “They'll Take Manhattan, for a Million or More”, in The New York Times[1], retrieved 1 Sep. 2008:
      More than $300 million worth of condominiums were sold in the new Time Warner complex sight unseen while the building was still under construction.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:sight unseen.


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