look the other way


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look the other way

To intentionally overlook a wrongdoing, break in regulation, etc.; to ignore something that one has a responsibility to report or enforce. I know I didn't follow the rules, but can't you just look the other way? All these predators got away with it because administrators just looked the other way and pretended it wasn't happening.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

look the other way

 
1. Lit. to look in the opposite direction. To make sure it's safe to cross the street, look the other way before you step off the curb.
2. Fig. to ignore something on purpose. John could have prevented the problem, but he looked the other way. By looking the other way, he actually made the problem worse.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

look the other way

Deliberately overlook something, especially something of an illicit nature. For example, They're not really entitled to a discount but the sales manager decided to look the other way . This expression uses the other way in the sense of "away from what is normal or expected."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

look the other way

COMMON If someone looks the other way, they deliberately ignore something bad that is happening when they should be trying to deal with it or stop it. The government are fully aware of the problem but they just look the other way. I was always in trouble. Most of the time, we just paid the police to look the other way. Note: You usually use this expression to suggest that this is a bad thing to do.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

look the other way

deliberately ignore wrongdoing by others.
1998 Economist The Greek government looked the other way as lorries…switched documents the minute they crossed the border.
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look the other ˈway

ignore somebody/something deliberately: We only had three tickets but the woman at the door looked the other way and let all four of us in.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

look the other way

To deliberately overlook something: knew the student was cheating but decided to look the other way.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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