blinder
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈblaɪndə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈblaɪndɚ/
Adjective
  1. comparative form of blind
Noun

blinder (plural blinders)

  1. Something that blinds.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 15,
      As it was, innocence was his blinder.
  2. A bag or cloth put over the head of a difficult horse while it is being handled or mounted.
  3. A screen attached to a horse's bridle preventing it from being able to see things to its side.
    • 1969, Kenzaburō Ōe, A Personal Matter, translated by John Nathan, New York: Grove Press, Chapter 5, p. 84,
      From both sides of his head a blackness swiftly grew like blinders on a horse and darkly narrowed his field of vision.
    • 1978 Edward Said, Orientalism, New York: Vinatage, 2003, Chapter 3, Part I, p. 207,
      Orientalism itself, furthermore, was an exclusively male province; like so many professional guilds during the modern period, it viewed itself and its subject matter with sexist blinders.
  4. (British, slang) An exceptional performance.
    He played a blinder this afternoon on the cricket ground.
    • 1992, Glyn Maxwell, "Out of the Rain" in Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990 to 1995, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, p. 91,
      And we asked the blue winger, who in our game / had played what they call a blinder, to help out
  5. (slang) A bout of heavy drinking, a bender.
    • 1985, John Maxton, Hansard, 2 May, 1985, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190212095659/https://www.hansard-corpus.org/]
      If a man goes out on a blinder, he might be charged with being drunk and incapable and therefore have a criminal record, although he is an honourable man.
Synonyms Translations Verb

blinder (blinders, present participle blindering; past and past participle blindered)

  1. (transitive) To fit (a horse) with blinders.
  2. (transitive, figurative, by extension) To obstruct the vision of.
    • 1958, Sylvia Plath, "Above the Oxbow" in The Collected Poems, New York: Harper & Row, p. 88,
      […] We climb in hopes / Of such seeing up the leaf-shuttered escarpments, / Blindered by green, under a green-grained sky
    • 1986, Tessa Albert Warschaw, Rich is Better: How Women Can Bridge the Gap Between Wanting and Having It All — Financially, Emotionally, Professionally, Penguin, p. 248,
      They think they're being focussed when they're really just blindering their eyes, as a farmer would a plough horse, to ways of getting to their goal faster.



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