make (someone's) ears burn

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make (someone's) ears burn

To make someone uncomfortable, embarrassed, or disconcerted by what is being said. Alludes to the ears growing red from blushing. Listening to my aunts and uncles coo over me at my high school graduation really made my ears burn. I was raised in a very strict household, so even to this day hearing someone say something vulgar makes my ears burn.
See also: burn, ear, make
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Well, the cold iron wind and the Hudson River from whence it blew, thirteen degrees on all the instruments and water in my eyes, but there was a fire someplace, it made my ears burn and sting, and me buffoonish in my old dirty down parka that I used to sleep in up in the Sierras with my little tent in the snow--I'd go in on skis by myself and write haiku in the candlelight because I believed such things would improve my inner being.