Turn a blind eye

What does "Turn a blind eye" mean?

Today it means: Deliberately not seeing, ignore.

The saying is said to have come from the Battle of Copenhagen when Admiral Nelson said he could not see the flag signal from his superiors telling him to dis-engage the enemy when he put the telescope to his blind eye. Lucky for him, with good results.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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