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Turns a blind eye to the French estimates (9)


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'turns a blind eye' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are verbs in their -s form, I can't understand how they can define each other.

'to the french estimates' is the wordplay.
'the french' becomes 'le' ('the' in French).
'estimates' becomes 'rates' (I've seen this in another clue).

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(Other definitions for tolerates that I've seen before include "Bears" , "Accepts" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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