tin ear

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tin ear

1. A lack of musical ability, especially in relation to proper pitch. Unfortunately, most karaoke singers have a tin ear.
2. The inability to recognize subtleties in language. Don't try to joke around with him—he has a tin ear and can't distinguish sarcasm.
See also: ear, tin

tin ear

Fig. a poor ear for music; a poor hearing ability when it comes to music and distinguishing pitches. I think I had better not try to sing along with you. I have a tin ear and would ruin your performance.
See also: ear, tin
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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Cert PG, Running time 110mins ex husband (Hugh Grant) and with her wealth meaning few will challenge her, the wouldbe superstar with a tin ear gears up for the performance of her life at Carnegie Hall.
Encouraged by her ex husband (Hugh Grant) and with her wealth meaning few will challenge her, the wouldbe superstar with a tin ear gears up for the performance of her life at Carnegie Hall.
Either way, you're watching a dressed-up simulation that only a Civil War re-enactor or a historian with a tin ear could love.
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The Oscar-winning actor is both poignant and whimsical; he remembers threatening his mother in a flophouse so she would sign a release allowing him into the Navy at age 16 and confesses his passion for singing despite a tin ear.
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Sadly, when it comes to diagnosis, treatment and research for Gulf War veterans, we find the federal government too often has a tin ear, a cold heart and a closed mind,'' said Rep.