Definition of blinker in English:



  • 1

    (also blinkers)
    British A pair of small leather screens attached to a horse's bridle to prevent it seeing sideways and behind and being startled.

    • ‘Storming Home also proved the value of the controversial sheepskin cheekpieces which are now regularly fitted to horses who find blinkers and visors too claustrophobic.’
    • ‘The horse's owner puts leather blinkers close to its eyes so that it can only see what its master wants it to see, not look here or there.’
    • ‘This year's fuelled by such high octane horsepower you'll need to pull in the reins and wear blinkers to avoid cantering off course in all directions.’
    • ‘Horses must be stripped of all clothing except small rubbers the size of the saddle and hoods with blinkers attached.’
    • ‘He finished 13 th and wore a pair of blinkers, which I now think should be banned in that race.’
    • ‘But Refinement, fitted with blinkers for the first time, returned to the winner's enclosure with an impressive nine-length victory.’
    • ‘I was pleased with the others except Fadalko who didn't really take to the blinkers for the first time.’
    • ‘Favourite First Gold, wearing blinkers, was looking for his third success in the race and led for most the race.’
    • ‘It is just that the racegoers look as if they might have been wearing blinkers when they got dressed that morning.’
    • ‘If we had taken the blinkers off him and changed the colors on him, he'd have looked exactly like Star.’
    • ‘But her time was actually the fastest of the morning, and I didn't have the blinkers on her.’
    • ‘He really galloped well in the blinkers, so we put them on for the race and gave him Lasix, but I think the blinkers really made a difference.’
    • ‘We put blinkers on her, and that seemed to work really well.’
    • ‘We slapped the blinkers on him in his work and I felt he showed a little bit of improvement but certainly not enough to think he could win.’
    • ‘We took the blinkers off and were trying to get her to relax a little more.… it looks like it worked.’
    • ‘He guns for his fourth straight victory since the addition of blinkers.’
    • ‘Horses do not improve with first time blinkers.’
    • ‘The five-year-old went from strength to strength after being applied with blinkers last season and emerged as one of the leading novices.’
    • ‘The application of blinkers worked a treat on this filly at Ayr last time when she romped home by eight lengths in a maiden race.’
    • ‘For a long time, I thought this was just wrong and foolish on their part, but now I see a certain benefit to those blinkers.’
    1. 1.1Something which prevents someone from gaining a full understanding of a situation.
      ‘we are having a fresh look at ourselves without blinkers’
      • ‘We must remove our blinkers to allow a fuller account of Aboriginal history to unfold.’
      • ‘Their prettiness are in the selfish mind and in the untrained eyes behind the blinkers of this blind beholder!’
      • ‘I met him at a point in my life when I was just ready to look at the world and it was like he took my blinkers off.’
      • ‘Tudor history has often been seen through English blinkers but how and how far did events in Ireland, Scotland and Europe influence the English Reformation?’
      • ‘Take off your blinkers and look at the big picture.’
  • 2

    (also blinkers)
    A vehicle indicator or other device that gives out an intermittent light.

    ‘the cars queued up with blinkers flashing’
    • ‘I particularly liked the vehicle's side blinker.’
    • ‘This is just some stupid road with a red light on and my blinker is saying that I am headed for the left.’
    • ‘As we merge into traffic, he uses both his blinker and an arm signal.’
    • ‘Josh turned on his left blinker and rolled to a stop at the red light.’
    • ‘Try to hit the blinker and reset your cruise control.’
    • ‘The green light always takes an eon to change while my left blinker gives off its annoying click.’
    • ‘Nick put on his blinker and drove into a parking spot.’
    • ‘Brian flicked his blinker signal and descended the exit ramp.’
    • ‘It turned on its blinker and drove into his driveway.’
    • ‘Mara slowed at a stoplight and switched on the right blinker.’
    • ‘Signal your intention to change the lane in good time by using the blinker and if necessary, by hand signalling, says the handbook.’
    • ‘‘Easy enough for you to say,’ I'd reminded him, watching him shift the blinker on as we turned off the main road.’
    • ‘Then he turned his right blinker on, and I sighed in relief.’
    • ‘Putting his blinker on, he managed to work his way over two lanes to the side of the freeway, all the while making sure that the car behind him followed.’
    • ‘A mile later I flick on my left blinker and turn into the plaza.’
    • ‘Jack only switched his right blinker on and turned towards Route 301 instead.’
    • ‘His car cruised down the right lane of the street with its blinker on.’
    • ‘Joan once opened her mouth to tell him where to turn, but he switched his blinker before she could say anything.’
    • ‘I put on my blinker and turned onto the road, which was heavily laden with fog.’
    • ‘Kyle flipped on his blinker and a few moments later we were heading down the road, towards the lake.’


[with object]
  • 1Put blinkers on (a horse)

    ‘Brown Boy will be blinkered for the first time at York’
    • ‘As any horse-cab driver in downtown Cairo knows, a horse must be blinkered to navigate the streets, or else the traffic will cause it to shy.’
    • ‘Advocaat's patience with the Italian has appeared infinite, but one wonders whether pride has blinkered the manager's approach.’
    1. 1.1Cause (someone) to have a narrow or limited outlook on a situation.
      ‘university education blinkers researchers so that they see poverty in terms of their own specialization’
      • ‘As someone has already said, his climb up the ministerial pole sadly blinkers him against anything that may dent his progress.’
      • ‘Our adversarial political system, coupled to a five-yearly electoral cycle, is sadly blinkering many politicians and commentators to one stark fact.’
      • ‘We are blinkered by outdated stereotypes and we're reluctant to move beyond them, because at the end of the day we've never forgiven Germany for unleashing Hitler on Europe.’
      • ‘It is absurd to assert that he was blinkered to the reality of those clearances taking place 100 miles to the north.’
      • ‘You get blinkered by routine and one of the great things in this business is the variety it affords you.’
      • ‘But none of these should blinker students from examining the other financial implications of the accounts on offer.’
      • ‘This made him realize how trivial were the pleasures with which his father had attempted to blinker him.’
      • ‘To have done so would have been to tell another story, one not associated with blinkering workers and adding to corporate bottom lines.’
      • ‘A quarter-century of industrial thinking originating from Europe and North America continues to blinker us from this reality.’
      • ‘None of these points have anything to do with freedom of expression or politics - the personal agendas that blinker your outlook.’
      • ‘The interview process is likely to entail some degree of closure as the interview guide is put together, which may blinker the researcher slightly.’
      • ‘It is about the fear of crime, oppression of women and how people feel safer to blinker themselves against poverty and homelessness.’
      • ‘Maybe his vision could have been blinkered by already knowing the players personally.’
      • ‘Your racist stereotyping may have blinkered you to the fact, but people and societies can and do change.’
      • ‘The media, however, implicitly blinkers itself to this reality.’
      • ‘In common with many of the finest competitors, she says that she is able to blinker herself, block out the outside world at times of great anxiety.’