turn a deaf ear

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. 2014.

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  • turn a deaf ear (to) — ▪ To pretend not to have heard ▪ To ignore ● deaf To refuse to listen (to) ● ear * * * turn a deaf ear (to) phrase to refuse to listen to a warning, a request, or an attempt to change your attit …   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 …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • turn a deaf ear — ► turn a deaf ear refuse to listen or respond. Main Entry: ↑deaf …   English terms dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear to — turn a deaf ear (to) 1. To pretend not to have heard 2. To ignore • • • Main Entry: ↑deaf …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear to — index ignore Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear — phrasal : to refuse to listen * * * turn a deaf ear (to) 1. To pretend not to have heard 2. To ignore • • • Main Entry: ↑deaf turn a deaf ear To refuse to listen (to) • • • Main Entry: ↑ear * * * …   Useful english 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 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • turn a deaf ear (to somebody) — 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

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