turn a deaf ear

turn a deaf ear

Meaning

  • choose not to hear
  • refuse to listen
  • to ignore what someone says

Example Sentences

  1. Please do not just turn a deaf ear to their cries for help.
  2. It was too cheap when Sarah turned a deaf ear to our insistence.
  3. The Bank tended to turn a deaf ear to ATM card lost complaints.
  4. When I asked Michael to go with me for help - he just turned a deaf ear.
  5. How can you turn a deaf ear to the crying victims of an accident?
  6. The police turned a deaf ear to all the pleas made by the girl's family.
  7. The novelist has not turned a deaf ear to the criticisms.
  8. The current administration has turned a deaf ear to the majority.
  9. The customer had turned a deaf ear to the pending payments.
  10. I cannot turn a deaf ear to my family problems.

Origin

The idiomatic expression dated from the first half of the 1400s and was in most proverb collections from 1546 on.

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Dan O. here
i thot ‘turn a deaf ear’ could also apply to a person avoiding unwanted opinion, when that avoider happened to be deaf in only one ear, thus, turning deaf side toward speaker sends a message:
‘I won’t/can’t hear you!’

- Anonymous March 22, 2020

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