to go in one ear and out the other



Idiom Definition

"to go in one ear and out the other"

describes the process of someone listening to something or appearing to listen to something but not paying attention, retaining or acting on that information

Idiom Definition - to go in one ear and out the other

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to go in one ear and out the other

Two teachers are talking in the teacher's lounge ...

Teacher 1:  You know, it seems like I tell my students the same thing ten times in a row.

Teacher 2:  Me too.  I keep repeating myself over and over and when I ask my students what I've just said, they just sit there with blank expressions.

Teacher 1:  It's like it goes in one ear and out the other.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to go in one ear and out the other

Two parents are talking about their son, Johnny ...

Dad:  Did you ask Johnny to clean his room?

Mom:  Yes.  I asked him yesterday.

Dad:  Well, he just asked me  for his allowance and I asked him if he had cleaned his room.

Mom:  I told him yesterday that if he didn't clean his room, he wouldn't get his allowance.

Dad:  His room isn't clean so I didn't give him his allowance.

Mom:  Everything we say to him just goes in one ear and out the other. He doesn't listen.





to go in one ear and out the other - Usage:

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to go in one ear and out the other - Gerund Form:

Going in one ear and out the other seems to be what happens to a lot of unsolicited advice.


to go in one ear and out the other - Examples:

1)  I give my son good advice but it goes in one ear and out the other.

2)  You give your boss good ideas which go in one ear and out the other.

3)  He listens but does he hear because it all seems to go in one ear and out the other.

4)  She seems to be alert and listening but it just goes in one ear and out the other.

5)  It goes in one ear and out the other.

6)  We pretend to listen to the coach but it just goes in one ear and out the other.

7)  You (all) need to listen carefully, not just let it go in one ear and out the other.

8)  They nod and smile but the information goes in one ear and out the other.

9)  With these sorts of people your words often go in one ear and out the other though. Reason can not convert a person.

10)  However, especially with Glenn, this idea seemed to go in one ear and out the other.

11)  Well, you don't hear that and have it go in one ear and out the other, for me anyway.

12) It seems to go in one ear and out the other. It may be cultural as she is Jamaican. 

13)  Words of comfort go in one ear and out the other.

14)  Many people only remember the music and the words just go in one ear and out the other, no matter who it is who is speaking.

15)  I normally can let advice go in one ear and out the other or take what I want (if unsolicited).

16)  Really with me it just goes in one ear and out the other, its just hodge podge of nonsense crap.

17) The news just goes in one ear and out the other and you never really know what to think of anything. 

18)  With some people, talk about environmental impact goes in one ear and out the other.

19)  It seems like what you try to say goes in one ear and out the other immediately.

20)  I learned to deal with him. Everything he says goes in one ear and out the other. I have no advice to give him on anything.