to turn a deaf ear

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn a deaf ear

"to turn a deaf ear"

to refuse to listen;

to ignore


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn a deaf ear

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The system is going to fail. There are limits and thresholds within the data architecture that predict this.

Colleague 2: Then warn the boss and suggest the necessary changes.

Colleague 1: I have warned the boss, several times, but he just keeps turning a deaf ear. Either he doesn't believe my analysis or he doesn't want to deal with the situation.

Colleague 2: Then, perhaps you should describe the catastrophic results if nothing is done. Maybe that would catch his attention.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn a deaf ear

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Has Wes come begging to you for money recently?

Friend 2: Yes, just yesterday in fact. He told such a sad story of his troubles and poor condition. I lent him a hundred dollars. And you? How much did you lend him?

Friend 1: Nothing. I turned a deaf ear to his pleas. Wes always has some sob-story or other about how bad his life is. I believe that it is his choices that bring such disaster to his life. If he made better choices, he wouldn't be in such trouble all the time.

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to turn a deaf ear - Gerund Form:

Turning a deaf ear to her son's plea for a new video game, she continued to do the dishes.

to turn a deaf ear - Examples:

1)  Despite repeated complaints and peaceful protests from the farmers, the English turned a deaf ear to them, implementing cruel punishments. 

2)  The Harper Team has slammed the book shut and turned a deaf ear to the people who in fact-pay their wages!

3)  ... a sophomore at John Jay, said in an interview that educators have turned a deaf ear to her pleas to respect her privacy and have told her she can't ...

4)  Unfortunately many do not because society has turned a deaf ear to the possibilities due to unjust disbelief and irrational ridicule.

5)  He turned a deaf ear to all the heart-rending cries of his sister.

6)  ... to pauperization and impoverishment of the Indian peasantry, the British administration turned a deaf ear to the peasant's grievances.

7)  ... listened to our peoples' claims and their agitation, but our leaders turned a deaf ear to any public outcry. 

8)  ... violent incidents, then part of the blame must accrue to those who turned a deaf ear.

9)  ... had expressed their disapproval of the night races but the authorities had turned a deaf ear to their views. 

10)  ... them warning them of the evil consequences of their actions. But they turned a deaf ear to his words.

11)  "I can not see any such conspiracy.", they chose to turn a deaf ear to the warnings contained in these dreadful documents.

12)  We can no longer turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to any form of bullying no matter what the age.

13)  ... kingdoms were warned to repent, or be destroyed. They choose to turn a deaf ear to the Truth that would have saved them. 

14)  And at the same time no one of conscience can turn a deaf ear to the voices of suffering.

15)  You have to do what you have to do and really turn a deaf ear to everything but your conscience.

16)  ... is that desires can not be completely neglected. We can not simply turn a deaf ear, or close our eyes to their cries.

17)  But often times, it feels like the powers prefer to turn a deaf ear because no one wants to shake up the establishment.

18)  ... always the sensible one, he's the kind of man that can turn a deaf ear to your tantrums, then calmly address the issue when you're more level-headed.

19)  Punishment is reserved for those who are disobedient to God's command or turn a deaf ear to his words of wisdom.

20)  But I am sorry to say that concerned authorities always turn a deaf ear to such useful suggestions.