Asked in Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
What does having your head buried in the sand mean?
June 19, 2008 5:41PM
A metaphor which relates to a person being oblivious to what they hear or see around them.
Years ago people believed that when threatened an ostrich would stick it's head in the sand thinking it was hiding from whatever dangers were around while all the time the biggest part of it's body was still sticking out in plain sight. Kind of a " if I can't see you, you can't see me " voluntary denial of the situation.
So if a person has their head buried they are trying to avoid dealing with a situation or realize the inevitable by pretending the problem or fact is not really there. With your head in the sand you can not hear or see what is happening around you so in your mind it really isn't happening at all.