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turn a blind eye

Definition of turn a blind eye

  1. :  to ignore a problem instead of dealing with it <Corruption in the police force is rampant, but authorities are turning a blind eye.> —often + to <Colleges can't afford to turn a blind eye to alcohol abuse.>



Word by Word Definitions

turnplay
  1. :  to cause to move around an axis or a center :  make rotate or revolve

    :  to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

    :  to affect or alter the functioning of (as a mechanical device) or the level of (as sound) by such movement

  1. :  the action or an act of turning about a center or axis :  revolution, rotation

    :  any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

    : :  the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction :  change of course or posture : as

blindplay
  1. :  sightless

    :  having less than 110 of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses

    :  of or relating to sightless persons

  1. :  to make blind

    :  dazzle

    :  to withhold light from

  1. : :  something to hinder sight or keep out light: as

    :  a window shutter

    :  a roller window shade

  1. : :  blindly: as

    :  to the point of insensibility

    :  without seeing outside an airplane

  1. :  a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

    :  the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

    :  all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  1. :  to fix the eyes on :  look at

    :  contemplate, consider

    :  to watch or study closely


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