wish away


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wish someone or something away

to wish that someone or something would go away. You can't just wish him away. You'll have to ask him to leave! Don't try to wish away the difficulties of your life.
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wish away

v.
To eliminate some problem by merely desiring or pretending that it did not exist: They tried to wish away the war by gathering support without taking any action. Do you think you can wish your troubles away? Poverty cannot be wished away.
See also: away, wish
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The party can't remain silent and wish away the issue.
Judges ''ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society,'' she said.
She quoted Mr Hain from during the referendum as saying: "As a democrat, I cannot wish away the fact that first-past-the-post is no longer fit for purpose.
People in Ireland are basically scunnered with the main parties and are voting for alternatives, but no government in Ireland can wish away the economic situation or even reverse many of their spending cuts.
The arguments over abortion tend to wish away such choices; they're too hard.
As far as Pakistan's gradual slide towards instability and its ultimate ranking as the world's 5th most unstable country is concerned, independent observers will not probably wish away the role of Iskandar Mirza, Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf in keeping the country in the American camp for more than half of its 63-year history of independence.
It would help if Microsoft stopped trying to wish away this category of computer - but if it won t, there are good Linux developers that would gladly take its place.
Can Turkey wish away the Armenians and their past, by denying historical facts?
Wish away those January blues and book a cut-price family holiday.
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Of course you can't simply wish away stressful events from your life.
Carroll, who reviews the performance and editorial histories of Two Gentlemen a/Verona to show how the play's directors and editors characteristically wish away its most troubling feature: Proteus' attempted rape of Sylvia and Valentine's friendly "offe r" of her to the repentant Proteus.
But until the inside/outside binary and its ramifications for art and exhibition--including the increasingly invoked "institutional critique" and the facile desire to wish away the art-historical canon--are more effectively thought through, we will likely see more of this "moreness" and less genuinely transgressive art.
These are problems GPs must address, but the way to do it is not to wish away their patients.