Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks.
Here's the original meaning:
The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell was too heavy to carry and the thief decided to break it into pieces. He was afraid the sound would attract attention, so the thief blocked his ears and continued to smash the bell believing that as long as he could not hear the bell's sound no one else could either.