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wish away

To cause some problematic person, issue, or situation to disappear or become resolved simply by desiring it to happen or ignoring that it is a problem at all. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wish" and "away." Look, I know you want to wish away this problem with accounting, but if we don't deal with it now, we could be looking at criminal charges down the line. This generation just tries to wish away the challenges facing the planet by complaining on social media, without actually taking any meaningful action. I know your little brother can be irritating at time, but you can't just wish him away—he's family, and you need to look out for him!
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wish someone or something away

to wish that someone or something would go away. You can't just wish him away. You'll have to ask him to leave! Don't try to wish away the difficulties of your life.
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wish away

v.
To eliminate some problem by merely desiring or pretending that it did not exist: They tried to wish away the war by gathering support without taking any action. Do you think you can wish your troubles away? Poverty cannot be wished away.
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Emojis are here to stay, and employers who wish them away need to rethink their strategy.
"The reason I am now fifth is because of my nephew and niece and I could never wish them away ...
We have candidates for all of the the elective offices and we cannot just wish them away for anything.'
His problems mount and neither he nor the country can wish them away.
Americans can't ignore their problems or merely wish them away. Angry, fed-up and disenfranchised people, when ignored for long enough, take matters into their own hands.
The ogre is fed up with his royal duties and makes a deal with the wicked Rumpelstiltskin to wish them away. However, Shrek is dropped into a dark alternative reality.
People like them exist and we can't wish them away."
In a statement, SWIFT has said that cyber attacks are a reality and no one can wish them away.
Patil said, "We cannot evade these or wish them away, but working in different fields, we must together find solutions.
The rest of the international community talks to Pakistan, so we cannot wish them away by not talking to them.
All these, one could say, are the consequences of a protracted civil war, but the fact is that the hatred, the bitterness, the pain are still there and one cannot wish them away or ignore them."
As both clocks tick along, Washington has to do more than wish them away. "Iran is on the wrong path and marching down it quickly," Pollack argues, and the United States does not have the luxury of pursuing a "purely passive" approach.
Ronald Bailey replies: April Susky is right that so long as humans retain anything like our current metabolisms, handing free radicals is the problem to be solved by aging research, We can't wish them away, but as detailed in my article, researchers are already devising techniques and therapies aimed at preventing and repairing the damage they cause.
We live in the real world, not Lake Wobegon "where all children are above average." There are myriad factors that can lead to a child being "left behind." We, as educators, cannot unmake those factors, wish them away, or fully compensate for them.
It states that in composition studies, educators need to recognize the spatial complexities that define students' lives, but not in order to vanquish those complexities, to wish them away, but to include them in the understanding of how to write.