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Deliberately overlook something, especially something of an illicit nature. For example, They're not really entitled to a discount but the sales manager decided to look the other way .

John could have prevented the problem, but he looked the other way. By looking the other way, he actually made the problem worse.

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look the other wayTo ignore something wrong. Similar to connive.
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