turn a blind eye
- (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