turn a blind eye to (something)

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turn a blind eye to (something)

To knowingly ignore some wrongdoing. Can't you just turn a blind eye to this little incident, instead of telling Mom and Dad? Regulators turned a blind eye to those infractions, and thousands of consumers suffered for it.
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turn a blind eye to

Deliberately overlook, ignore, as in She decided to turn a blind eye to her roommate's goings-on. This expression is believed to come from the siege of Copenhagen (1801), in which Lord Horatio Nelson, second in command of the English fleet, was ordered to withdraw but pretended not to see the flagship's signals to do so by putting his glass to the eye that had been blinded in an earlier battle. His attack led to a major victory. Also see turn a deaf ear.
See also: blind, eye, turn
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Talking to reporter the shopkeepers and residents of the area informed that the encroachers have re-occupied the roads of the area and the officers concerned of CCB and RCB have turned a blind eye to the blatant encroachments.
It seems that the authorities concerned are least interested to remove encroachments and have turned a blind eye to the problem, they added.
It was Vice President Jejomar Binay, who turned a blind eye to all corruption allegations being hurled at him, Senator Francis Chiz' Escudero said on Tuesday.
But contrary to Quicho's claim, Escudero said it was the Vice President, who turned a blind eye to all accusations against him, noting the number of times the Senate invited Binay to attend the hearings with the latter choosing to ignore the proceeding.
It was the Vice President who turned a blind eye to all these allegations.
The secretary said that "history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency." (Cihan/Trend az)
ANKARA, February 29, 2012 - Turkey denied the claims that it turned a blind eye to Syria's using Turkish lands as a route to obtain weapons.
At Bournemouth crown court, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC said: "M&S, in effect, turned a blind eye to what was happening.
Up to now, an acquiescent media had turned a blind eye to marital infidelity among France's political class, but the book Sexus Politicus, by French journalists Dubois and Deloire broke the taboo, with the complicity of the politicians involved.
"The police took the view that it had been going on for some time and he had turned a blind eye to what was happening and assisted by providing heating and water."
In Ghana, Phillips pairs his interactions with American Pan-Africanists coming "home" to Africa with his account of an African minister in 18th-century Accra, who turned a blind eye to the slave trade flourishing around him.
I have turned a blind eye to cheating and outright plagiarism and have given A's and B's to students whose performance was at best mediocre.
I AM writing to express S4C's very serious concern about the thinly veiled allegations contained in Paul Starling's column on September 20 suggesting that individuals turned a blind eye to improper activities on the part of John Owen.
S4C takes the suggestion that its employees turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of young people very seriously indeed.
An Old Bailey trial of three Matrix Churchill executives collapsed in 1992 when Mr Clark, a former defence and trade minister, admitted in court the government had turned a blind eye to exports from the firm to Iraq.