American Idioms and Expressions

Close One's Eyes To (something) Idiom

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close one's eyes to (something)
What does close one's eyes to (something) mean?
to ignore somethingThe teacher closed her eyes to the misbehavior of the students.
close one's eyes to (something)
What does close one's eyes to (something) mean?
to ignore something, to pretend that something is not really happeningMy father closed his eyes to the problems that were happening in his company.

Some Random Idioms
wipe out
What does "wipe out" mean?
remove, kill or destroy completelyThe city spends a lot of money every year trying to wipe out the rats near the river.
crash the gate
What does "crash the gate" mean?
to enter someplace without a ticket or without payingMany people did not have a ticket for the concert so they decided to crash the gate.
terp
What does "terp" mean?
interpreter for American forces in Iraq; interpreter in the military
fight against time
What does "fight against time" mean?
to hurry to do something quickly, a fight to do something quickly The rescue party was fighting against time to save the men who were trapped in the coal mine.

a last-ditch effort
What does "a last-ditch effort" mean?
a final effortThe government made a last-ditch effort to prevent a strike by the teachers.
at odds (with someone)
What does "at odds (with someone)" mean?
to be in disagreement with someoneThe man has been at odds with his boss over his new sales territory.
in labor
What does "in labor" mean?
a woman going through childbirthThe man's wife was in labor for three hours.
the get-go
What does "the get-go" mean?
the beginning Right from the get-go I did not like the new manager.

head off (something)
What does "head off (something)" mean?
stop, preventThey were able to head off a strike by the union at the last minute.
as white as a ghost
What does "as white as a ghost" mean?
very pale because of fear or shock or illness My sister became as white as a ghost when she saw the man at the window.

close at hand
What does "close at hand" mean?
within reach, handy There were no restaurants close at hand when we decided to go out for dinner.

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