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To turn a blind eye

Hacer la vista gorda

To not mince your words

No tener pelos en la lengua

To say something without meaning it

Decir algo con la boca pequeña

To go back on your word

Donde dije digo, digo Diego

To not say a word

Sin decir ni pío

To bite your tongue

Morderse la lengua

Silence is golden

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

To be gorgeous

¡Estar como un queso!

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

En el reino de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey

To beat around the bush

Irse por los cerros de Úbeda

All that glitters is not gold

No es oro todo lo que reluce

To make a scene

Montar un pollo

To be dressed up to the nines

Ir de punta en blanco

To make a scene

Montar el número

To have something on the tip of your tongue

Tener algo en la punta de la lengua

To beat around the bush

Marear la perdiz

To go on for a while

Tener cuerda para rato

A word is enough for the wise

A buen entendedor, pocas palabras bastan

To save the day, save face

Salvar los muebles

To do an

Despedirse a la francesa

To talk to a brick wall

Predicar en el desierto

Silence implies consent

Quien calla, otorga

To not name any names

Se dice el pecado pero no el pecador

Hacer la vista gorda

The expression hacer la vista gorda means to ignore, to disregard, to overlook someone’s behavior, which should be punished otherwise. For example, a figure of authority may choose to pretend not to have seen or noticed someone’s wrongdoing or misdemeanor in order to avoid conflict, to spark controversy, to blow up a minor issue out of proportion, or for many other reasons. To turn a blind eye and to look the other way are two English expressions that convey the same meaning. You see what’s going on but, for whatever reason, you decide not to do anything about it.

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