a tin ear

a tin ear

  (informal)
if someone has a tin ear, they do not have a natural ability to understand or enjoy music Even to someone with a tin ear like mine, their singing sounded pretty awful.
See also: ear, tin
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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.
The more troubling shortcoming of the book is the fact that, despite its acknowledgment of the social and historical circumstances that inform the parallels it explores, Up from Bondage shows a tin ear for real politics throughout.
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.
More enthralled in some stretches, since Lucas' main deficiency as a writer and director - which can be summed up as a tin ear for dialogue and its delivery - apparently can't be improved upon by high-tech wizardry.
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.