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- hel • ter-skel • ter
: a wily subterfuge
- His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Origin of RUSE
French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser
First Known Use: 1625
in the dust
- Far behind, as in a race or competition: a marketing strategy that left our competitors in the dust.
adj., blind·er, blind·est.
- Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).
- Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.
- Performed or made without the benefit of background information that might prejudice the outcome or result: blind taste tests used in marketing studies.
- Performed without preparation, experience, or knowledge: made a blind stab at answering the question.
- Performed by instruments and without the use of sight: blind navigation.
- Unable or unwilling to perceive or understand: blind to a lover's faults.
- Not based on reason or evidence; unquestioning: put blind faith in their leaders.
- Slang. Drunk.
- Lacking reason or purpose: blind fate; blind choice.
- Difficult to comprehend or see; illegible.
- Incompletely or illegibly addressed: blind mail.
- Hidden from sight: a blind seam.
- Screened from the view of oncoming motorists: a blind driveway.
- Secret or otherwise undisclosed: a blind item in a military budget.
- Closed at one end: a blind socket; a blind passage.
- Having no opening: a blind wall.
- Botany. Failing to produce flowers or fruits: a blind bud.
- (used with a pl. verb) Blind people considered as a group. Used with the: a radio station for reading to the blind.
- Something, such as a window shade or a Venetian blind, that hinders vision or shuts out light.
- A shelter for concealing hunters or nature photographers.
- Something intended to conceal the true nature, especially of an activity; a subterfuge.
- Without seeing; blindly.
- Without the aid of visual reference: flew blind through the fog.
- Without forethought or provision; unawares: entered into the scheme blind.
- Without significant information, especially that might affect an outcome or result: "When you read blind, you see everything but the author" (Margaret Atwood).
- Informal. Into a stupor: drank themselves blind.
- Used as an intensive: Thieves in the bazaar robbed us blind.
- To deprive of sight: was blinded in an industrial accident.
- To dazzle: skiers temporarily blinded by sunlight on snow.
- To deprive of perception or insight: prejudice that blinded them to the merits of the proposal.
- To withhold light from: Thick shrubs blinded our downstairs windows.
[Middle English, from Old English.]blindingly blind'ing·ly adv.
blindly blind'ly adv.
blindness blind'ness n.