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close (or shut) one's eyes to

Definition of close or shut one's eyes to in English:

Refuse to acknowledge (something unpleasant): he couldn’t close his eyes to the truth—he had cancer
More example sentences
  • If we refuse than God closes his eyes to us forever.
  • What a pity that so many writers who, in other circumstances, are optimists about human progress, should shut their eyes to what is happening.
  • But the mere fact that she shut her eyes to what you regard as the obvious is not enough.
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