turn a blind eye
  1. (idiomatic) To ignore or deliberately overlook, especially with respect to something unpleasant or improper, to look the other way. To knowingly refuse to acknowledge something which you know to be real.
    Synonyms: connive, shut one's eyes, look the other way, wink
    The mother turned a blind eye to her son’s mischief as she expected him not to repeat it.
    • 1880 October 11, James Jackson Jarves, "Future American Art ↗," The New York Times, page 2:
      In this my countrymen, without having produced any really very great work, by the old standards, make a respectable show. [...] In saying this, however, we must turn a blind eye to a considerable number of statues of our distinguished citizens which even more lamentably exhibit the defects arising from ignorance of modeling and design.
  • French: fermer les yeux
  • German: ein Auge zudrücken, wegschauen, wegsehen, die Augen verschließen vor
  • Italian: chiudere un occhio
  • Portuguese: fazer vista grossa
  • Russian: смотре́ть сквозь па́льцы
  • Spanish: hacer la vista gorda, hacerse de la vista gorda

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