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    Default close one's mind to/ shut one's mind to

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind tell me your opinion concerning my choice of the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I closed my mind to the realities of what I proposed doing. (A. Marshall, “In Mine Own Heart”)

    close/shut one’s mind to/against = shut one’s eyes to, connive at, overlook

    As usual, she shut her mind to her friend’s talk and wandered back in memories – to the Vanbrughs, like herself some of the first realladies to win success on the stage.

    shut one’s mind to = be deaf to, fall on deaf ear, turn a deaf ear to

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    Default Re: close one's mind to/ shut one's mind to

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I closed my mind to the realities of what I proposed doing. (A. Marshall, “In Mine Own Heart”)

    close/shut one’s mind to/against = shut one’s eyes to, connive at, overlook consciously refuse to think about

    As usual, she shut her mind to her friend’s talk and wandered back in memories – to the Vanbrughs, like herself some of the first realladies to win success on the stage.

    shut one’s mind to = be deaf to, fall on deaf ear, turn a deaf ear to . 'Be deaf to' and 'turn a deaf ear to' are close, but 'consciously refuse to think about' is closer.
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    Default Re: close one's mind to/ shut one's mind to

    Hi fivejedjon,

    Thank you for your appropriate recommendations.

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