give ear to (someone or something)

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give ear to (someone or something)

To listen carefully or pay close attention to someone or something; to give ample or due consideration to someone or something. I want to assure you that city council is giving ear to all residents who want to lodge complaints. Give ear to what I'm telling you, because it may prove more important than you realize in the future.
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give (an) ear to someone or something

 and give one's ear to someone or something
Fig. to listen to someone or to what someone is saying. (Compare this with get someone's ear.) I gave an ear to Mary so she could tell me her problems. She wouldn't give her ear to my story. He gave ear to the man's request.
See also: ear, give