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turn a blind eye

To knowingly ignore some wrongdoing. Can't you just turn a blind eye to this little incident, instead of telling mom and dad?
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turn a blind eye (to someone or something)

Fig. to ignore something and pretend you do not see it. The usher turned a blind eye to the little boy who sneaked into the theater. How can you turn a blind eye to all those starving children?
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turn a blind eye

COMMON If you turn a blind eye to something bad that is happening, you deliberately ignore it because you do not want to take any action over it. The authorities were turning a blind eye to human rights abuses. She chose to turn a blind eye to what she suspected was going on. You're not trying to suggest I should turn a blind eye and forget all about it? Note: This expression was first used to describe the action of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. When told that he was being ordered to withdraw, he put a telescope to his blind eye and said that he could not see the signal. He went on to win the battle.
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turn a blind eye

pretend not to notice.
This phrase is said to be a reference to Admiral Horatio Nelson ( 1758–1805 ), who lifted a telescope to his blind eye at the Battle of Copenhagen ( 1801 ), thereby ensuring that he failed to see his superior's signal to discontinue the action. A less usual version, referring directly to this story, is turn a Nelson eye .
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turn a blind ˈeye (to something)

pretend not to see something or know about something: There’s so much suffering in the world, you can’t just turn a blind eye to it.The police here seem to turn a blind eye to petty crime. OPPOSITE: watch somebody/something like a hawk
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