Friday, September 9, 2011

Out of sight out of mind

“Out of sight out of mind” is an idiomatic expression which has a literal meaning… so basically if you don’t see someone or something, you normally forget about or don’t think about them or it.

1. When we haven’t seen our old school friends after so many years, we seem to forget that they even exist. Out of sight out of mind. Well… that was until Facebook and other social networks came along (appeared).

2. Many times we suddenly get the urge (desire) to eat something only when we see it… so it may be a good idea to put all of those unhealthy snacks in a place where you don’t see them every day… out of sight out of mind.

3Have you ever seen the inside of a favela/ shanty town/ slum? Often we never get to see abject poverty and the poor living conditions that so many people live in… and rarely do we even think of underprivileged people. As they say – “Out of sight out of mind”.

4. Censorship can be either good or bad. On one hand it can shield (protect) people from seeing violence and perversity on TV and the internet for example… and on the other hand it could keep people in the dark about even their basic human rights. In either case, it’s a matter of “Out of sight out of mind”.

5. When you go to an expensive mall do you see many things that you know you can’t afford (don’t have the means to buy)? Don’t you wish you had some of those things? Some of those things we think we need, but we would never even think about them if we didn’t see them in the first place… Out of sight out of mind.


  1. If you don't sign up to receive post updates via email you will probably forget to visit my blog each day... as they say, "Out of sight, out of mind."

  2. what is the opposite(antonym) idiomatic expression to " out of sight, out of mind"

  3. Interesting question! Usually idiomatic expressions don't have antonyms as such, because many times they express abstract ideas, like the above expression... it all really depends on what you want to express... If you want an expression for a situation in which you see someone or something every day, that would be one thing... but still I have no idea whether you are happy to see that person every day or not, or what you're trying to convey... here are some expressions that come to mind that you could research on Google: "To outwear your welcome", "A sight for sore eyes", "Seeing is believing", "To grow fond of something/ someone", "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach", "The apple of my eye", "Can't get someone out of your mind", "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"... you would have to let me know what you mean to express...