turn a blind eye (to something)

turn a blind eye (to something)
turn a blind eye (to something) phrase
to pretend you do not notice something, because you should do something about it but you do not want to

We’re not supposed to park here, but the authorities usually turn a blind eye.

Thesaurus: to pretend something is not happening or is not the casesynonym
Main entry: blind

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turn a blind ˈeye (to sth) idiom
to pretend not to notice sth bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it

The authorities were either unaware of the problem or turned a blind eye to it.

Main entry:blindidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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