get (one's) head out of the sand

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get (one's) head out of the sand

To stop avoiding, or trying to avoid, a particular situation by pretending that it does not exist. The phrase refers to the common but mistaken belief that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when frightened, so as to avoid being seen. Lou, you have to get your head out of the sand about your health—please, make an appointment with your doctor and get that rash checked out! A: "How has Peter been handling the break-up?" B: "Oh, by totally ignoring his feelings. He really needs to get his head out of the sand and deal with things."
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