fall on stony ground

fall on stony ground

if a request, a warning, or advice falls on stony ground, people ignore it
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible.
Repeated requests to stop the fighting have fallen on stony ground. Warnings about the disastrous effect on the environment fell on stony ground.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony
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MIKE ASHLEY'S attempt to attract a stadium sponsor for Newcastle will, say the bookies, fall on stony ground - or at least ground that used to be called stony.
SCHOOL children will show the seeds they were given didn't fall on stony ground when they put on displays of their vegetables during Schools Organic Harvest Week.
The gospel of Dave's Disciples will fall on stony ground.