lend me your ears

lend me your ears
also, lend an ear

Meaning

  • ask for someone’s full attention
  • listen to someone carefully
  • pay attention to what someone is saying
  • listen to someone with concentration or understanding

Example Sentences

  1. Lend me your ears, and I will tell you about my adventures in the mountains.
  2. Lend an ear to what I am saying; you might need to know all this when you start working on your project.
  3. When Ann was going through tough times, he lent a sympathetic ear to her troubles.
  4. Could you please lend me your ear for a minute? I need to tell you something important.
  5. What I am going to say next is very important for your future with this company. I ask all of you to please lend me your ears for the next few minutes.
  6. Tracey was a caring person and would always lend an ear to everyone’s problems.
  7. We can lend an ear to those around us and help them work through their anxieties by just listening.
  8. Lend me an ear, will you? I need to make sure that you understand what I am saying.
  9. He was always accessible and willing to lend an ear to their problems.
  10. The Government must lend an ear to the agitating protestors to avoid riots.
  11. Bob was warm, loving, accepting, and always there to lend an ear.
  12. Karen never hesitated to lend an ear or a hand to those in need.

Origin

The phrase is first used in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where Mark Anthony says, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”

In 1948 ‘Lend an Ear’ was a popular Broadway show.

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Actually “Lend me your ears” first appeared in 1574’s The Reward of Wickedness, by Richard Robinson:

“Lende me your eares for now my tale beginnes…”

- Peter Lukacs November 26, 2020

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