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Sand-blind

Virtually blind, but not wholly so, what the French call ber-lue; our parblind. (Old English suffix sam, half; or Old High German sand, virtually.) It is only fit for a Launcelot Gobbo to derive it from sand, a sort of earth.

“This is my true-begotten father, who, being more than sand-blind, high-gravel blind, knows me not.” —Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, ii. 2.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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