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** A similar incident occurs in another episode, when one witness indirectly but clearly admits he killed his fiancee's abusive husband [[spoiler:who is ultimately revealed as the killer of the primary victim, a little girl.]] Jeffries suggests there's no need to put that comment on the record, to which Vera replies, "Don't remember what the man said anyhow."

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** In a later episode, Klinger asks Potter to do this when he refuses a dangerous request because he knows better, he's not crazy. Potter apparently takes it to heart (or else legitimately forgets in all the chaos), as the conversation is never mentioned again.

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** The entirety of Westeros’ nobility is doing this with Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell’s relationship. Officially, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance homosexuality is very illegal in Westeros]] and two men of their stature engaging in it is a huge crime. ''Un''officially, the Tyrells are a very powerful family that can very easily change the balance of power in the kingdom, so [[OpenSecret everybody just looks the other way and pretends they never heard anything]], often while making it abundantly clear how they ''really'' feel about it. [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] makes a massive political faux pas when he publicly brings it up right in front of the Tyrells in his typical cruel and tactless way.


* When K climbs on top of the Apollo 11 rocket in ''Film/MenInBlack3'', this exchange takes place among the crew.
-->'''Buzz Aldrin:''' If we report this, they'll scrub the launch.\\
'''Neil Armstrong:''' I didn't see anything.

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* When K climbs on top of the Apollo 11 rocket in ''Film/MenInBlack3'', this exchange takes place among the crew.
-->'''Buzz Aldrin:''' If we report this,
In ''Film/TheGuilty'', Asger calls Bo and tells him to send a dispatch to Michael's home to look for clues as to where he's taking Iben. Bo asks whether anybody is at home, to which Asger replies that he doesn't know, but that they'll scrub the launch.\\
'''Neil Armstrong:''' I
have to break in if nobody is. Bo says he didn't see anything.hear what Asger said. Asger repeats himself only to get the same answer before he catches on.



* Inverted in ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. The CIA spymaster says he knows BoxedCrook Napoleon Solo is making money on the side, "but do not make the calamitous error of mistaking my ''deliberate'' short-sightedness, for blindness."
* When K climbs on top of the Apollo 11 rocket in ''Film/MenInBlack3'', this exchange takes place among the crew.
-->'''Buzz Aldrin:''' If we report this, they'll scrub the launch.\\
'''Neil Armstrong:''' I didn't see anything.



* Inverted in ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. The CIA spymaster says he knows BoxedCrook Napoleon Solo is making money on the side, "but do not make the calamitous error of mistaking my ''deliberate'' short-sightedness, for blindness."
* Inverted in a different way in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'': when John Connor gets in an argument with General Ashdown over the radio, the general orders John relieved of his position, then signs off. Two of John's men who overheard the argument immediately say that they didn't catch the general's last order, indicating that they'll help with John's plan.

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* Inverted in ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015''. The CIA spymaster says he knows BoxedCrook Napoleon Solo is making money on the side, "but do not make the calamitous error of mistaking my ''deliberate'' short-sightedness, for blindness."
* Inverted in a different way
in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'': when John Connor gets in an argument with General Ashdown over the radio, the general orders John relieved of his position, then signs off. Two of John's men who overheard the argument immediately say that they didn't catch the general's last order, indicating that they'll help with John's plan.

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* In the UK, a lot of fish-and-chip shops use Non-brewed condiment, a vinegar substitute, in their food since it's cheaper and faster to make than real vinegar. While it is illegal for these shops to label Non-brewed condiment as Vinegar, food inspectors usually turned a blind eye on this since it's just a small hassle to enforce, most people can't tell the difference between the two and they rather spend their time on more serious crimes.

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* ''Series/ColdCase''. The team has determined that a SerialRapist was shot and killed by the brother of one of his victims. As two detectives interrogate him, they subtly suggest that his actions were in self-defense (as he was only thirteen at the time). Two other detectives watching the interview ask, "Is she doing what I think?" "I'm not hearing it, are you?", and promptly turn off the monitor and walk away.

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** Yet another has Sam telling her former employer that she shot her ex-husband--who had kidnapped her and their son, raped her, and shot and killed several people along the way, including his accomplices--while he was asleep on the ground, making her actions technically murder instead of self-defense. He looks her in the eye and declares, "I didn't hear that, and that's the last time you're going to say it."


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* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. The title character and her beau Sully act as spies for the Native Americans, warning them of an impending attack by the troop currently in town. After a battle in which most of the soldiers are killed, their leader asks Dr. Quinn how she came to be at the site. When she confesses that she came to warn the Native Americans, he very pointedly tells her, "No, you must have ridden out to visit a patient." When she affirms her statement, he arrests her for treason.


* Jim Keats, the season 3 BigBad of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' is hardly a ReasonableAuthorityFigure - [[spoiler: he's just posing as one. He still breaks this one out every so often to maintain the facade that he ''isn't'' trying to bring down the entire department.]]

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* Jim Keats, the season 3 BigBad of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' is hardly a ReasonableAuthorityFigure - [[spoiler: he's just posing as one. He still breaks this one out every so often to maintain the facade that he ''isn't'' trying to bring down the entire department.]]


* In ''BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', a criminal mook walks in on Batman as he's snooping around. They stare at each other for a long moment, and then the mook (who is sporting a black eye from a previous confrontation with the Dark Knight) just walks away and pretends he didn't see anything.

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* In ''BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', a criminal mook walks in on Batman as he's snooping around. They stare at each other for a long moment, and then the mook (who is sporting a black eye from a previous confrontation with the Dark Knight) just walks away and pretends he didn't see anything.


* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12031399/16/A-Year-Too-Soon A Year Too Soon]]'' when a prefect warns Harry not to get carried away when he "has a word" with Draco because said prefect doesn't want to "Inform Lord Malfoy why [he] was looking the other why while his ''dear son'' was cursed."

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* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12031399/16/A-Year-Too-Soon A Year Too Soon]]'' when a prefect warns Harry not to get carried away when he "has a word" with Draco because said prefect doesn't want to "Inform Lord Malfoy why [he] was looking the other why while his ''dear son'' 'dear son' was cursed.""
* Luffy tries to get Franky to join his crew in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11322176/44/To-Protect-Everything To Protect Everything]]'' by pointing out that he'd be required by Marine code to inspect the materials his ship is made out of. If he found out it was illegally made out of Adam wood, Luffy would be forced to scrap the ship and arrest the one who built it. But if said shipwright was a crewmate, Luffy could just take him at his word that the ship doesn't contain any illegal materials.


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/37/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'', Amelia Bones makes it clear to Harry that she knows he's behind the recent disappearances of exonerated Death Eaters but isn't too interested in actually investigating so long as only Death Eaters disappear.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/37/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'', ''Fanfic/ForLoveOfMagic'', Amelia Bones makes it clear to Harry that she knows he's behind the recent disappearances of exonerated Death Eaters but isn't too interested in actually investigating so long as only Death Eaters disappear.


* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Captain Rex is "badly" injured, and is left by his men on a farm to recover. At evening he found out that the husband of Suu, the woman who took him in, is a deserter clone called Cut Lawquane. After he got to know Cut and his family, and fought side-by-side with him, Suu asked him, whether he was going to turn Cut in for deserting the army. Rex answered that he had no choise in the matter, but then reminded them that "''in his condition''", he wouldn't be able remember the meeting.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Captain Rex is "badly" badly injured, and is left by his men on a farm to recover. At evening he found finds out that the husband of Suu, the woman who took him in, is a deserter clone called Cut Lawquane. After he got gets to know Cut and his family, and fought fights side-by-side with him, Suu asked him, asks him whether he was he's going to turn Cut in for deserting the army. Rex answered answers that he had has no choise choice in the matter, but then reminded reminds them that "''in his condition''", he wouldn't be able remember the meeting.


* In general, the response "What did you say?" (or variations such as "Excuse me?" or "I beg your pardon?") to an outrageous or offensive statement is an offer to let the speaker back down under the pretense of being misunderstood.

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* In general, the response [[RepeatWhatYouJustSaid "What did you say?" say?"]] (or variations such as "Excuse me?" or "I beg your pardon?") to an outrageous or offensive statement is an offer to let the speaker back down under the pretense of being misunderstood.


* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', [[spoiler:as Stanley and Zero are being driven home from Camp Green Lake]], Zero openly admits that [[spoiler:he committed the theft Stanley was wrongly arrested for]]. Stanley's attorney turns in her seat and tells him: "I didn't hear that. And I advise you to make sure I don't hear it again."

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* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', [[spoiler:as Stanley and Zero are being driven home from Camp Green Lake]], Zero openly admits that [[spoiler:he committed the theft Stanley was wrongly arrested for]]. Stanley's attorney The driver of the car ([[spoiler:Stanley's attorney]]) turns in her seat and tells him: "I didn't hear that. And I advise you to make sure I don't hear it again."


* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has a section where Neku and his partner [[spoiler: Joshua are fighting a rhino Taboo Noise. When they can't seem to beat it, Joshua suddenly levitates and fires a laser at it, destroying it in one shot, something way more powerful than anything he did before]]. Unfortunately, they're seen by Kariya, who notes that what he just did shouldn't be possible [[spoiler:for a player -- so Joshua's playing the game while ''still being alive''.]] He also says that by Reaper rules, he should erase them both right now -- but since what they did helped him out...

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has a section where Neku and his partner [[spoiler: Joshua [[spoiler:Joshua are fighting a rhino Taboo Noise. When they can't seem to beat it, Joshua suddenly levitates and fires a laser at it, destroying it in one shot, something way more powerful than anything he did before]]. Unfortunately, they're seen by Kariya, who notes that what he just did shouldn't be possible [[spoiler:for a player {layer -- so Joshua's playing participating in the game Reaper's Game while ''still being alive''.]] alive'']]. He also says that by Reaper rules, he should erase them both right now -- but since what they did helped him out...

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