: unwilling to recognize or acknowledge a problem or situation
the government's usual head-in-the-sand response

Examples of head-in-the-sand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moran rejects the climate-change denialism that many head-in-the-sand Republicans embrace. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of head-in-the-sand was in 1970

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“Head-in-the-sand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head-in-the-sand. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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