Blind Leading the Blind

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Meaning of Idiom 'Blind Leading the Blind'

The blind leading the blind refers to a situation in which an inexperienced, inept, or ignorant person is instructing, advising, or guiding a person who is equally inexperienced, unknowledgeable, or inept. 1,2,3


"My dad was always trying to teach me how to fix the car. It was the blind leading the blind."

"I could help you learn to use your computer but when it comes to programming, it's the blind leading the blind."


This idiom comes from a Bible proverb, Matthew 15:14:

"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
3. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.

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