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talk to the hand

A rude interjection meant to interrupt and dismiss what another person is saying. (Sometimes written or spoken in longer forms, such as, "talk to the hand, because the face isn't listening," or the like.) Dad: "Sarah, would you mind cleaning up the—" Sarah: "Talk to the hand, dad! I've got too much going on to be dealing with chores around the house!" All of us were aghast when Jonathan turned to the police officer and said, "Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't interested!"
See also: hand, talk

I'm listening.

 and I'm all ears.
Inf. You have my attention, so you should talk. Bob: Look, old pal. I want to talk to you about something. Tom: I'm listening. Bill: I guess I owe you an apology. Jane: I'm all ears.
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listen for someone or something

to try to hear someone or something. I will have to let you in the front door if you come home late. I will listen for you. I am listening for the telephone.
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listen in

 (on someone or something)
1. to join someone or a group as a listener. The band is rehearsing. Let's go listen in on them. It won't hurt to listen in, will it?
2. to eavesdrop on someone. Please don't try to listen in on us. This is a private conversation. I am not listening in. I was here first. You are talking too loud.
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listen to reason

to yield to a reasonable argument; to take the reasonable course. Please listen to reason, and don't do something you'll regret. She got into trouble because she wouldn't listen to reason.
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listen to someone or something

 
1. to pay attention to and hear someone or something. Listen to me! Hear what I have to say! I want to listen to his speech.
2. to heed someone, orders, or advice. Listen to me! Do what I tell you! You really should listen to his advice.
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listen up

to listen carefully. (Usually a command.) Now, listen up! This is important. Listen up, you guys!
See also: listen, up

stop, look, and listen

to exercise caution, especially at street corners and railroad crossings, by stopping, looking to the left and to the right, and listening for approaching vehicles or a train. Sally's mother trained her to stop, look, and listen at every street corner. It is a good practice to stop, look, and listen at a railroad crossing.
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listen to reason

to be influenced by arguments It's too bad we had to take this problem to court, but that man wouldn't listen to reason.
Usage notes: often used in the form not listen to reason, as in the example
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listen in

1. Hear or overhear the conversation of others; eavesdrop. It is also put as listen in on, as in She listened in on her parents and learned they were planning a surprise party. [Early 1900s]
2. Tune in and listen to a broadcast, as in Were you listening in the other night when they played Beethoven's Fifth? [1920s]
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listen to reason

Pay heed to sensible advice or argument, as in We can't let him rush into that job-it's time he listened to reason. [Mid-1700s]
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listen for

v.
To listen attentively to hear some sound; wait expectantly to hear something or someone: Listen for the doorbell—the pizza should be here soon.
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listen in

v.
1. To listen to something or to someone conversing without participating in the conversation: It is rude to listen in on other people's conversations. We put our ears to the door and listened in.
2. To tune in and listen to a broadcast: Listen in next week to the conclusion of our jazz concert series!
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listen up

v.
To pay attention closely; be attentive. Used chiefly as a command: Listen up—I'm only going to tell you this once! I want you to listen up and do what I tell you to do.
See also: listen, up

I’m listening

sent. Keep talking.; Make your explanation now. I’m sure there’s an explanation. Well, I’m listening.
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listen up

in. to listen carefully. (Usually a command.) Now, listen up! This is important.
See also: listen, up

stop, look, and listen

Railroad crossing warning. Before the installation of gates and flashing lights, a road that crossed a railroad track had a post on which was an X. On the crossbars was written “stop look listen,” a phrase attributed to an anonymous engineer who through that immigrants who read only rudimentary English would be able to understand the three words and heed their warning. Now automatic devices warn motorists and pedestrians to be mindful of approaching trains.
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students as consumers, when teachers create materials for students or assign them to listen to one of the many available ESL podcast sites, or students as producers or publishers, and teachers have students create material for others to listen to, or students practice listening and accomplish various exercises.
When I listened, I did not need to understand all the words and phrases; I listen for the messages only.
Profound listening has the power to help us make peace within ourselves, and as we learn to listen to one another, compassion deepens and we make peace with the world.
In preparation for class, students were required to listen to the song and complete a fill-in-the-blanks lyrics sheet for the first third of the song.
This was very beneficial in teaching me to listen to myself as I play.
The truth is, when you listen to a book together, you share it in a particularly intimate way.
Jones, I really want to listen to your concern, but I can't do so if you continue to use foul language.
That attitude--the company's unwillingness to listen to its critics or work together in search of solutions--was counterproductive.
Develop listening triggers--objects, words, or environments that remind you to listen.
If you're a fan of Avril Lavigne, give a listen to.
You won't know what to say if you don't listen first.
Listen Hard, like her last six indie recordings, is far more creatively plush than anything she offered during her Atlantic-era bid for mainstream success.
Yoga is a way for us to listen to ourselves deeply and then from that listening be able to respond in a way that is fulfilling for our lives .
Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "We have two ears and one mouth because it's twice as hard to listen as to speak.
They need to listen to feedback about how others in the organization perceive the same situation.