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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The logical terminus of the search for quality is surely the mold and damp of a Neolithic cave.) If you cannot begin to imagine such a land, then close your eyes and think of England. According to most of the art critics there, "Gravity and Grace"--an exhibition of sculpture of the '60s and '70s curated by Jon Thompson, former Reader in Fine Art at Goldsmith's College, London--is a chamber of trivial horrors that ought to be returned to the rubbish heap; an ill-considered historical undertaking padded with second-rate examples of what is probably a discredited moment in postwar art history anyway.
We just thought, "Oh well, lie back and think of England".
My advice is, just lie back and think of England. Difficult if you're a Scot but you've been shafted so many times before it shouldn't matter.
I cannot think of England now although it is all I hear about, England, England, all the time.'