fall on stony ground

fall on stony ground

To be ignored or disregarded. An email asking people to volunteer to work at the weekend conference is sure to fall on stony ground.
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fall on stony ground

BRITISH
If a warning, request or piece of advice falls on stony ground, nobody listens to it or is influenced by it. Dire warnings about the effects on public services fell on stony ground. I repeatedly asked him not to behave in this way but all my pleas fell on stony ground. Note: This expression comes from Jesus's story in the Bible (Mark 4:5-6) about a man sowing seed which falls on different kinds of ground. The seed that falls on stony ground dies because the roots cannot grow properly. In the story, the seed represents Christ's teachings and the stony ground represents the people who soon forget or ignore what He has said.
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fall on stony ground

(of words or a suggestion) be ignored or badly received.
The reference here is to the parable of the sower recounted in both St Mark's and St Matthew's Gospels, in which some of the seed scattered by the sower fell on stony places where it withered away.
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fall on stony ˈground

fail to produce the result or the effect that you hope for; have little success: She tried to warn him, but her words fell on stony ground.
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