blind eye knowledge

blind eye knowledge

in the law of marine insurance, that which is not actually known but which ought to have been. A person who deliberately refrains from examining a ship in order not to gain direct knowledge of what he had reason to believe was the unseaworthy state of a ship is held to have that knowledge.
References in classic literature ?
Coming nearer and nearer to earth, I wondered if Colonel Boycott ever uses the word "boycott," and how strange it must have seemed to the late MacAdam to walk for miles and miles upon his own name, like a carpet spread out before him.
You have seen that you were beaten soundly at your old tactics of strike and boycott," Ernest urged.