Pretend not to notice: please, don’t turn a blind eye to what is happening
[said to be in allusion to Nelson, who lifted a telescope to his blind eye at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801), thus not seeing the signal to ‘discontinue the action’]
More example sentences
- We cannot continue to turn a blind eye or ear and pretend that all is well when many people are hurting and yearning for help.
- In many ways, I think he's given the Saudis a pass and he's turned a blind eye to them.
- It is a problem people are prepared to turn a blind eye to it because people rarely notice these sites as they are covered over.
Definition of turn a blind eye in:
- The US English dictionary