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To pretend something is not happening or is not the case - thesaurus

Synonyms

sweep aside

to ignore someone or something, or to refuse to consider them

gloss over

to ignore or avoid unpleasant facts

wink at

to pretend that you have not noticed something or do not know about it, because you do not approve of it

ignore

verb

to pretend that you have not noticed someone or something

connive

verb

to ignore behaviour or an activity that is wrong, or to do nothing to stop it, so that you seem to approve of it

turn a blind eye (to something)

to pretend you do not notice something, because you should do something about it but you do not want to

look the other way

to deliberately ignore something bad that is happening

overlook

verb

to choose to ignore a mistake, fault etc

cover up

to hide the truth about something by not telling what you know or by preventing other people from telling what they know

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bunker mentality

noun

mainly journalism the frightened feeling that you have when you think people are threatening or attacking you, which makes you want to avoid dealing with them

bury your head in the sand

to ignore a problem or an unpleasant situation and hope that it will disappear

camouflage

verb

to hide the truth

charade

noun

an attempt to pretend that a situation is good or satisfactory, when in fact it is not

close your eyes to something

to ignore something bad that is happening when you should be doing something to stop it

cover your tracks

to try to hide evidence of something bad that you have done

denialist

noun

showing disapproval someone who deliberately chooses to deny the truth about something because it is too uncomfortable or difficult to accept

draw a veil over something

to avoid talking about something because it is embarrassing or unpleasant

kick something into the long grass

to react to a difficult problem by doing something to make sure that people will forget about it rather than trying to solve it

let something go

to not react to something that someone says, especially something annoying

let something pass

to not react to something that someone says, especially something annoying

let something ride

to not react to something that someone says, especially something annoying

ostrich

noun

informal someone who pretends that an unpleasant situation or problem does not exist

paper over

to try to hide a problem or disagreement instead of finding a satisfactory solution to it

paper over the cracks

to try to hide a problem or disagreement instead of finding a satisfactory solution to it

pass over

to ignore or not mention a statement or subject

play/act dumb

to pretend to not know or not understand something

play possum

to pretend not to be involved in something in order to protect yourself

shut your eyes to something

to refuse to pay attention to something, usually something bad

throw/put someone off the scent

to do something to try to prevent someone from discovering the truth

whistling in the dark

pretending to feel confident about a situation when in fact you feel nervous or worried

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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