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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLINDLINS, BLIN'LINS, adv. and adj. [blɪn(d)lɪnz, blɪ̢n(d)lənz]

1. adv. Blindly, heedlessly; with eyes shut.Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas, etc. 40:
There's some dark thing we dinna rightly ken, Wad lead a body blin'lins to their ain.
Lnk.3 1935:
He could dae his wark blindlins.
Ayr. 1858 M. Porteous The Real “Souter Johnny” 31:
Though blinlins did the carline speak it.

2. adj. Blind.Ags. 1853 W. Blair Chron. of Aberbrothock xvi.:
I'm noo sae blindlins mysel' I canna mak a job o't ava.

[From blind + suff. -lins, for which see Arselins.]

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