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’
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- 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.
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