lend an ear


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lend an ear (to)

To listen to someone, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to lend an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for lending an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please lend an ear to Ian, who will be giving us an update about the last quarter.
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lend an ear

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lend a sympathetic ear

If you lend an ear or lend a sympathetic ear to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and with concern. My mother was always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice she could. My colleagues lent a sympathetic ear to my complaints but could do nothing to help.
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lend an ear (or your ears)

listen to someone sympathetically or attentively.
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lend an ˈear (to somebody/something)

listen to what somebody is telling you: He’s a good friend. He’s always ready to lend a sympathetic ear.
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References in classic literature ?
Already the others had begun to lend an ear to this encouragement and were coming a little to themselves, when the same voice broke out again--not this time singing, but in a faint distant hail that echoed yet fainter among the clefts of the Spy-glass.
And then, as I walked fast along the road, there rose upon me a strange, inly-felt idea of some Great Being, unseen, but all present, who in His beneficence desired only my welfare, and now watched the struggle of good sad evil in my heart, and waited to see whether I should obey His voice, heard in the whispers of my conscience, or lend an ear to the sophisms by which His enemy and mine--the Spirit of Evil --sought to lead me astray.
Once or twice Jos had been on the point of saying something very important to her, to which she was most willing to lend an ear, but the fat fellow could not be brought to unbosom himself of his great secret, and very much to his sister's disappointment he only rid himself of a large sigh and turned away.
Lend an ear, then, to this concert of bell towers; spread over all the murmur of half a million men, the eternal plaint of the river, the infinite breathings of the wind, the grave and distant quartette of the four forests arranged upon the hills, on the horizon, like immense stacks of organ pipes; extinguish, as in a half shade, all that is too hoarse and too shrill about the central chime, and say whether you know anything in the world more rich and joyful, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes;--than this furnace of music,--than these ten thousand brazen voices chanting simultaneously in the flutes of stone, three hundred feet high,--than this city which is no longer anything but an orchestra,--than this symphony which produces the noise of a tempest.
Mom Sounds: Just in Time for Mother's Day -- A salute to moms who are always ready to lend an ear to even the tiniest of sounds.
If you are looking for a bar that, along with a great choice of drinks, thinks that friendly staff and owners who are willing to have a banter, lend an ear or just give you a hug are important, we are that place.
Meanwhile, will Lloyd finally lend an ear to Steve?
Dogs--they are loyal, loving, and always there to lend an ear when you need it most but, when it comes to understanding their vocalizations, let's just say it can get lost in translation.
Indians are a star- struck lot and we lend an ear to anything that is mouthed by a Bollywood celebrity.
The prime minister should lend an ear to both sides, Shah further said adding that, thousands of people would be forced to migrate in case a military operation was conducted.
A conversation partner who will lend an ear, offer a heart and devote a lifetime is the one for him.
They will, he hopes, inspire a greater appreciation of a wild world most of us rarely lend an ear to.
Lead by example, be a mentor or simply lend an ear.
Yeni E[currency]afak's AbdE-lkadir Selvi, who is also very pleased about government plans to lend an ear to Alevi's demands, says Labor Minister Faruk Ecelik, who has so far held seven Alevi workshops to discuss Alevi demands, met with President Abdullah GE-l at the Ecankaya presidential palace on Friday and made a presentation to him about the government's plans for Alevis.
Altaf Hussain said he requests the accusers with all respect to express their opinion only after they lend an ear to the points recounted by him.