stop (one's) ears

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stop (one's) ears

1. Literally, to plug one's hears to avoid hearing something. The child is so nervous that he stops his ears whenever he hears loud noises nearby. I couldn't bear watching such a violent scene, so I shut my eyes and stopped my ears until it was over.
2. By extension, to willfully ignore or refuse to listen to something or what someone is saying. Usually followed by "to (someone or something)." The company is being accused of stopping its ears to employees who have presented complaints of harassment or bullying in the past. We can't stop our ears to those with differing political beliefs; they have as much of a stake in this country as we do.
See also: ear, stop

stop your ears

1 put your fingers in your ears to avoid hearing. 2 refuse to listen.
See also: ear, stop
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Often we want to stop our ears and pretend we do not hear God's voice; often, we do not want to follow God's will, preferring instead, like Eli, to do what we want when we want.
Just as [Ulysses] stuffed pitch in his own and in his comrades' ears and so escaped the Sirens' enchanting songs, in a manner of speaking, with deaf oarsmen: so we should stop our ears and, as it were, become deaf to everything corrupt, the hearing of which can drag us down into a shipwreck of morals, and ought to say with the Psalmist, "But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear.
In one of his Familiar Letters he tells us to eschew the facile amusements and set our sights on a higher goal: "we must stop our ears like Ulysses, so that we may navigate safely past the rocks of the Sirens into the port of glory.
the wicked examples] and stop our ears, just as they say Ulysses did against the songs of the Sirens).
548), recommending that we stop our ears to the siren song of illicit desires.