bury my head the sand

bury

[ber-ee]
verb (used with object), buried, burying.
1.
to put in the ground and cover with earth: The pirates buried the chest on the island.
2.
to put (a corpse) in the ground or a vault, or into the sea, often with ceremony: They buried the sailor with full military honors.
3.
to plunge in deeply; cause to sink in: to bury an arrow in a target.
4.
to cover in order to conceal from sight: She buried the card in the deck.
5.
to immerse (oneself): He buried himself in his work.
6.
to put out of one's mind: to bury an insult.
7.
to consign to obscurity; cause to appear insignificant by assigning to an unimportant location, position, etc.: Her name was buried in small print at the end of the book.
noun, plural buries.
8.
Nautical, housing1 ( def 8a, b ).
Idioms
9.
bury one's head in the sand, to avoid reality; ignore the facts of a situation: You cannot continue to bury your head in the sand—you must learn to face facts.
10.
bury the hatchet, to become reconciled or reunited.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English berien, buryen, Old English byrgan to bury, conceal; akin to Old English beorgan to hide, protect, preserve; cognate with Dutch, German bergen, Gothic bairgan, Old Norse bjarga

half-buried, adjective
rebury, verb (used with object), reburied, reburying.
unburied, adjective
well-buried, adjective

Barry, berry, bury.


2. inter, entomb, inhume. 4. hide, secrete.


2. disinter, exhume. 4. uncover.
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bury (ˈbɛrɪ)
 
vb , buries, burying, buried
1.  to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter
2.  to place in the earth and cover with soil
3.  to lose through death
4.  to cover from sight; hide
5.  to embed; sink: to bury a nail in plaster
6.  to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross: to be buried in a book
7.  to dismiss from the mind; abandon: to bury old hatreds
8.  bury the hatchet to cease hostilities and become reconciled
9.  bury one's head in the sand to refuse to face a problem
 
[Old English byrgan to bury, hide; related to Old Norse bjarga to save, preserve, Old English beorgan to defend]

Bury (ˈbɛrɪ)
 
n
1.  a town in NW England, in Bury unitary authority, Greater Manchester: an early textile centre. Pop: 60 178 (2001)
2.  a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 181 900 (2003 est). Area: 99 sq km (38 sq miles)

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bury
O.E. byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter," akin to beorgan "to shelter," from P.Gmc. *burzjanan "protection, shelter" (cf. O.N. bjarga, Sw. berga, Ger. bergen, Goth. bairgan "to save, preserve"), from PIE base *bhergh- "protect, preserve" (cf. O.C.S. brego "I preserve, guard"). The O.E. -y- was
a short "oo" sound, like modern Fr. -u-. It normally transformed into Mod.Eng. -i- (cf. bridge, kiss, listen, sister), but in bury and a few other words (merry, knell) it retains a Kentish change to "e" that took place in the late O.E. period. In the West Midlands, meanwhile, the O.E. -y- sound persisted, slightly modified over time, giving the standard modern pronunciation of blush, much, church.
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