lend an ear to

lend an ear (to one)

To listen to one, 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 to someone or something

 and lend your ear to someone or something
Fig. to listen to someone or what someone has to say. Lend an ear to me and I will tell you a story. Lend your ear to what I am saying.
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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.
The spokesman advised the candidates not to lend an ear to these rumour mongers and reject all such concocted stories.
Meanwhile, will Lloyd finally lend an ear to Steve?
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.
They will, he hopes, inspire a greater appreciation of a wild world most of us rarely lend an ear to.
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.
Forget about food, we have not been able to use toilet, we have informed the officials about our grievances but they are not ready to lend an ear to our woes," he added.
During the inaugural session of the Istanbul meeting, a member of the Islamist movement, Mohammad Riad al-Shakfa, called on the international community to lend an ear to the voice of the Syrian people.
British experts concerned with the Sultanate's affairs said the Sultanate has always lend an ear to the demands of the citizens.
Young is only too happy to offer a helping hand or lend an ear to youngsters, having been encouraged himself by the seniors during his days growing up at Vicarage Road.
Also, lend an ear to Carlos Vives' new release Clasicos de la Provincia II, or Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Sol de Mexico's newest record, "Tribute to Prince Jose Jose," or Disney star Selena Gomez's new single, "Kiss and Tell.
Recorder player Courtney Hindmarsh, nine, from Breckon Hill primary, was more than keen to lend an ear to the orchestra.