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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 .