close (one's) eyes and think of England

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close (one's) eyes and think of England

1. Typically of a woman (specifically a wife), to endure unwanted or unpleasant sexual intercourse—as out of a sense of duty or obligation—by distracting oneself with more pleasant thoughts. Refers to alleged advice for wives in the 19th and early 20th centuries, placing unwanted sexual activity as the price of the security of marriage. Primarily heard in UK. It's horrible to think that women who were not attracted to their husbands, but who depended on the security of their marriage, were once told to simply close their eyes and think of England to satisfy his desires.
2. By extension, to endure any unpleasant or unwanted task or experience by thinking of one's duty, the benefits of the experience, or by distracting oneself with more pleasant thoughts. Primarily heard in UK. Whenever I have to have a tooth filled at the dentist, I just close my eyes and think of England.
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If you cannot begin to imagine such a land, then close your eyes and think of England.
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I cannot think of England now although it is all I hear about, England, England, all the time.
Surely she could close her eyes and think of England for half an hour or so to please me?
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When I think of England I always think of clothes, fashion and shopping and Yorkshire puddings.