from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To hit or attack on or from the blind side.
  • transitive v. To catch or take unawares, especially with harmful or detrimental results: "The recent recession, with its wave of corporate cost-cutting, blind-sided many lawyers” ( Aric Press).


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  • Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, defensive end Will Smith intercepted Warner while McCray leveled the 38-year-old Cardinals quarterback on a crushing, blind-side block.

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  • Fisher should slide back into his spot as Gabbert's blind-side protection, but Jones will have to hold off Egnew for the No. 1 tight end job. —

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  • Price as tested is $71,300, including $12,250 in options rear-cabin audiovisual theater system, onboard navigation with rear backup system, parking proximity warning system, lane-departure warning system, blind-side monitoring system, upgraded cosmetic trim inside and out and a $950 destination charge.

    2011 Infiniti QX56 SUV

  • "There are a few exceptions, for example Vernor Vinge but for the most part it blind-sided us and one of the questions I'm interested in is, what is the next big thing that's going to blind-side us?"

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  • Whatever Mallinder said at half-time, within seconds of the restart Shane Geraghty's darting blind-side run and Phil Dowson's inside pass gave Ben Foden the chance to sprint in from 22 yards.

    Stephen Myler helps Northampton past Castres in Heineken Cup opener

  • The blind-side, concussion-inducing hit Aaron Rome of the Vancouver Canucks delivered to Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins during Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals game was late and so, no, I have no qualms with people calling it a brutal act.

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  • Cutler and his seven-time Pro Bowl blind-side protector, free-agent addition Orlando Pace, are two huge reasons why.

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  • Lance Armstrong blind-sided the cancer that attempted to blind-side him by creating www. inspiring countless people and contributing toward a cure.

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  • Price as tested is $72,240, including $11,490 in options (onboard navigation with backup camera, lane-departure and blind-side monitoring systems recommended by this column; middle/rear-seat audio visual theater package, Hydraulic Body Motion Control System, and others) and a $950 destination charge.

    Specs on the 2011 Infinity QX56

  • Dynamic complexity allows for a degree of novelty that can blind-side even the best informed.

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