close/shut one's eyes to

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of close/shut one's eyes to

: to ignore (something)
  • Our legislators have closed their eyes to the poverty that surrounds them.

Word by Word Definitions

close play
  1. : to move so as to bar passage through something

  2. : to block against entry or passage

  3. : to deny access to

  1. : a coming or bringing to a conclusion

  2. : a conclusion or end in time or existence : cessation

  3. : the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)

  1. : an enclosed area

  2. : the precinct (see precinct 2a) of a cathedral

  3. : a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements

  1. : having no openings : closed

  2. : confined or carefully guarded

  3. : high

  1. : in a close position or manner

shut play
  1. : to move into position to close an opening

  2. : to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

  3. : to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. : closed, fastened, or folded together

  2. : rid, clear, free

  1. : the act of shutting

eye play eyes
  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

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

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely


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