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head in the sand

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Definition


To refuse or not be able to confront a problem.

Context : Business
Category: Idiom
Semantic: blind, incompetent, unable

Usage of “head in the sand”

  1. All of upper management has their heads in the sand. The product launch will fail unless they root cause the issues.

  2. If you get your head out of the sand maybe you will make progress.

Examples of idiom “head in the sand” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'BlackCanseco'
    BlackCanseco:

    @Native_Star there's mad racial bias on the left—i call 'em on it. but black teapartyers seem to take the head in the sand route.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'littleredrins'
    littleredrins:

    There are many times in my life when I've wanted to be an ostrich & bury my head in the sand but that's never done anybody any good.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'claireEgriffin'
    claireEgriffin:

    I'm currently choosing to bury my head in the sand and hoping everything sorts itself out! Its a tried and tested method!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'azdbackfan'
    azdbackfan:

    Eastwood played a character. Unlike too many, I won't stick my head in the sand and pretend people like his character never existed.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'markstanningley'
    markstanningley:

    Wish some people would't bury their collective heads in the sand

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'lygias'
    lygias:

    The tendency of burying our heads in the sand when confronted with a problem is common to procratinators...face life head on ...do or die!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'theprez98'
    theprez98:

    THIS YEAR Social Security begins to take in less money than it pays out; how long will we continue to bury our heads in the sand?