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If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?

She was blind and paralyzed, and on the extreme verge of eternity.

"It wouldn't do, sir, for the blind to be anxious," she replied.

A regret for the mistakes of yesterday must not, however, blind us to the tasks of today.

Other ways have been sought, and have been found no more than blind alleys.

"I forgive thee from my heart, dear brother," piped the blind man.

I believe it is often the best wisdom to be blind and let God be our eyes as well as our shield.

A blind man might have followed the trail of the retreating army.

So the man done it, and sure enough he was as blind as a bat in a minute.

This time it was the blind of the square window of the ground floor.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English blind "blind," also "dark, enveloped in darkness, obscure; unintelligent, lacking mental perception," probably from West Germanic *blinda- "blind" (cf. Dutch and German blind, Old Norse blindr, Gothic blinds "blind"), perhaps, via notion of "to make cloudy, deceive," from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)); cf. Lithuanian blendzas "blind," blesti "to become dark." The original sense, not of "sightless," but of "confused," perhaps underlies such phrases as blind alley (Chaucer's lanes blynde), which is older than the sense of "closed at one end" (1610s). In reference to doing something without seeing it first, by 1840. Of aviators flying without instruments or without clear observation, from 1919. Blindman's bluff is from 1580s.

Related: Blinded; blinding.

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