close one's eyes to

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close (one's) eyes to (something)

To willfully ignore or overlook something. All parents want to believe their child is perfect, so many close their eyes to their child's wrongdoings or flaws on some level. Our boss would rather close his eyes to the truth than figure out how to keep the company from going bankrupt.
See also: close, eye

close one's eyes to

Also, shut one eyes to. Deliberately ignore, refuse to notice. For example, Jill closed her eyes to the danger and pushed off downhill, or The professor shut her eyes to students who read a book during her lecture. [Early 1700s] For a synonym see turn a blind eye.
See also: close, eye
References in classic literature ?
To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice.
It's hard to shut one's eyes to the predicament of thousands of fellow travelers across the region and around the world.
Conrad's premiss might be summed up by Lady Windermere's discovery: ~To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with safety in a land of pit and precipice' 386 .