Look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'head in the sand.' Hmmm, what could this idiom possibly mean?
Head in the sand: to ignore or refuse to think about a problem or something unpleasant.
The origin of this idiom comes from the incorrect belief that ostriches (a large bird with a long neck and large body) put their heads in the sand to hide from danger because they thought that if they couldn't see their attacker, their attacker couldn't see them either.
It's a ridiculous idea and not true but we humans are also very dumb at times—especially when we try to pretend there isn't a problem when there is one.
This idiom is often used as bury one's head in the sand or have one's head in the sand. [To bury is to dig a hole in the ground and put something (one's head) in it.]
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If you write a practice sentence it will help you to more easily remember this idiom in the future. Are you the type of person that keeps their head in the sand when there are problems? Do you have your head in the sand about something right now? What is it? Do you know someone who keeps their head in the sand? What are they avoiding?
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