close your eyes to

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 (or shut) your eyes to

refuse to notice or acknowledge something unwelcome or unpleasant.
See also: close, eye

shut/close your ˈeyes to something

pretend that you have not noticed something so that you do not have to deal with it: My son has his faults — and I’ve never closed my eyes to them — but dishonesty isn’t one of them.Politicians seemed to be shutting their eyes to corruption in the police force.
See also: close, eye, shut, something
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The film's denouement comes slowly, but come it does, and it's more or less stated by an old doctor, who tells the impatient engineer that ``death is what happens when you close your eyes to the world.