to hear someone out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hear someone out

"to hear someone out"

to listen to someone (without interrupting or forming conclusions) until they have finished


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hear someone out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why the heck did you go and promise my client things we can't deliver? It's my client and you had no right to interfere.

Colleague 2:  Please hear me out. I can explain.

Colleague 1:  I'm listening.

Colleague 2:  You were out of the office and no one could reach you and your client threatened to take their business elsewhere.  I only did what I did so that you could at least have a chance to fix the situation.

Colleague 1:  Thanks for the explanation and thanks for what you did.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hear someone out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Your boyfriend keeps calling me to ask me to ask you to please listen to his explanation.

Friend 2:  I can't tell you the number of times I have hung up the telephone on him in the middle of one of his weak excuses.

Friend 1:  Well, your boyfriend explained everything to me and it seems reasonable. I think that if you were to hear him out, you would understand too. He seems like a really nice guy.

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to hear someone out - Gerund Form:

Hearing your spouse out and really listening can improve your relationship.

to hear someone out - Examples:

1)  I know this sounds ridiculous, but just hear me out. I wanted to hate it, but it's actually really ...

2)  I know, that's a very weird combination but hear me out here.

3)  I can tell you're not convinced, so hear me out

4)  ... reintegrated and that I condemn any further shedding of black blood and enjoin you to hear me out and perhaps present your own reasons to counter mine as well.

5)  ... a feeling of being let down by the system. "They didn't hear me out. They didn't even let us cross-examine her."

6)  ... to understand their reasons. See the big picture and not the heart picture. Hear them out; they may be right or wrong. You can only know when ...

7)  ... the gripes from members of the community. A board subcommittee met with critics to hear them out, to see if changes needed to be made.

8)  ... getting clergymen to correct his wrong notions, he would counter them and refuse to hear them out.

9)  Now before you get all riled up, hear us out.

10)  However, we can't do that when the workers won't hear us out when we call meetings.

11)  ... has heard the case for four years from the very start, is duty-bound to hear us out.

12)  ... rescind his support, the former says he simply did the right thing. Hear him out.

13)  If even today someone convinces me that I am wrong, I am ready to hear him out.

14)  Not everything must be fight to finish. Hear him out, give him space to voice his feelings, stop insulting each other ...

15)  But I agreed to hear him out, and very quickly my opinion changed.

16)  ... you are destined to drive away moderates, who will then be less willing to hear you out on stuff that really matters.

17)  I am sure you had thought this through, but I still wanted to hear you out. Your defence shocked me more.

18)  ... we may sometimes forget it... sometimes because we don't have much time to hear you out. Share as much as you can -- whenever there's a dinner ...

19)  He would not always agree with you, but he wanted to hear you out.

20)  The majority of them will continue to say no, but then they are willing to hear you out.