look the other way

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look the other way (third-person singular simple present looks the other way, present participle looking the other way, simple past and past participle looked the other way)

  1. (idiomatic) To ignore something wrong; to connive (at), to turn a blind eye.
    Synonyms: (obsolete) connive, shut one's eyes, wink
    The policeman decided to look the other way when he realized the criminal’s act could benefit him.