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turn a blind eye

Definition of turn a blind eye in English:

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.
overlook, disregard, neglect, ignore, pay no attention/heed to, pass over, omit, skip (over), gloss over, leave out, leave undone, forget
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