Okay, this one conjures up different images…. This is a mash up of two phrases that describe ignoring something or someone – “turn a blind eye” (to ignore something and pretend you did not see it) and “turn the other cheek” (to ignore abuse or an insult). Or maybe the speaker just wanted to ignore someone who was acting like a butt – who knows? Thanks to Yvonne Stam, a keen malaphor listener, for sending this one in.
This amusing malaphor is a mash up of “turn a blind eye” (ignoring something) and “fall on deaf ears” (information ignored by the person it was intended for). Both idioms involve the act of intentionally ignoring important information, perhaps making the blended idiom more emphatic although patently absurd. Both idioms are also four words, and both contain senses and body parts, which could also have contributed to the confused outcome.