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The meaning of "turn a blind eye"

" Turn a blind eye "
Refuse to acknowledge something that you know is genuine.
I knew where my grandson was hiding nut I decided to turn a blind eye and let him have his fun.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, early 19th century. Most probably directly related to Nelson's refusal to view an unwelcome signal.
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