give ear to

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.
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References in classic literature ?
1-4) Goddess-nurse of the young (5), give ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embraces of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire.
But, to be sure, Lucy would not give ear to such kind of talking; so she told him directly(with a great deal about sweet and love, you know, and all that--Oh, la
Only the infidel sharks in the audacious seas may give ear to such words, when, with tornado brow, and eyes of red murder, and foam-glued lips, Ahab leaped after his prey.
Calm yourself, sir knight," said Don Quixote, "and give ear to what I am about to say to you.
Q uran is recited whenever, Give ear to it and pay heed, that you may obtain Mercy.
Give ear to a family member,s advice before planning an outside trip.
Come Gather round and give ear to these tales of Alexander .
Kiir while addressing the masses on the martyr day at the mausoleum of late John Garang on Monday dismissed the rumour and called on the people to remain calm and refuse to give ear to Khartoum.
Our security institutions do not give ear to our saying.
He pointed out that will ensure collective responsibility of Parliament, and give ear to the concerns of all parties, and it is a means of strengthening Parliament as well, and it is the proper democratic approach.
Kan said he would try to promote diplomacy based on pragmatism, but he needs to humbly give ear to the advice of his specialists.
He said that Pakistans future was quite safe and businessmen should not give ear to rumours of a minority who is out to tarnish the image of the country.
The person who talked to us is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whom Nasrallah works for," Awdeh said, adding that Egyptian armed forces do not give ear to such "nonsense.
Accordingly, "to speak ill or give ear to evil is all one.