turn a deaf ear to something

turn a deaf ear to something
turn a deaf ear to (something) to ignore what someone is saying.

The Supreme Court said there was a need for action, but Congress has turned a deaf ear to the Court.

Mei-ling's father turned a deaf ear to any criticism of how he had taught his daughter.


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  • turn a deaf ear (to something) — turn a deaf ˈear (to sb/sth) idiom to ignore or refuse to listen to sb/sth • He turned a deaf ear to the rumours. Main entry: ↑deafidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear to — (something) to ignore what someone is saying. The Supreme Court said there was a need for action, but Congress has turned a deaf ear to the Court. Mei ling s father turned a deaf ear to any criticism of how he had taught his daughter …   New idioms dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear —    If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don t listen to you.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    If you turn a deaf ear to something, you refuse to listen.     Sam turned a deaf ear to his wife s advice and went off in the rain without an… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • turn a deaf ear — to ignore someone when they complain or ask for something. In the past they ve tended to turn a deaf ear to such requests. (often + to) …   New idioms dictionary

  • deaf ear —    If you turn a deaf ear to something, you refuse to listen.     Sandy turned a deaf ear to the guide s advice and got lost in the mountains …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • turn a deaf ear — verb to refuse to listen or hear something …   Wiktionary

  • ear — W2S2 [ıə US ır] n ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your body)¦ 2¦(hearing)¦ 3¦(grain)¦ 4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear 5 6 a sympathetic ear 7 close/shut your ears to something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deaf — W3 [def] adj [: Old English;] 1.) physically unable to hear anything or unable to hear well →↑hearing impaired ▪ communication between deaf and hearing people ▪ I think Mum s going a bit deaf . ▪ She s deaf and dumb (=unable to hear or speak) and …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deaf — [ def ] adjective ** not able to hear anything, or not able to hear very well. Many deaf people wear a hearing aid to help them hear. Deaf people often use their hands to communicate in sign language, and many can lip read what other people are… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ear — noun 1 part of the body ADJECTIVE ▪ left, right ▪ inner, middle ▪ external, outer ▪ big …   Collocations dictionary

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