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tin ear

1. A lack of musical ability, especially in relation to proper pitch. Unfortunately, most karaoke singers have a tin ear.
2. The inability to recognize subtleties in language. Don't try to joke around with him—he has a tin ear and can't distinguish sarcasm.
See also: ear, tin

tin ear

Fig. a poor ear for music; a poor hearing ability when it comes to music and distinguishing pitches. I think I had better not try to sing along with you. I have a tin ear and would ruin your performance.
See also: ear, tin
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For Ellis, critics who focus on "a single factor" inevitably display a tin ear when it comes to literature.
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In a speech to the Fabian Society's conference, Mr Miliband said: "Week after week, month after month, year after year, this Government has shown a tin ear for what is really going on.
Her only shortcoming seems to be membership of a party that time and again has shown a tin ear for our claims and requests for equitable treatment from London.
Only a tin ear could fail to hear the discordant note.
Both political parties have had a tin ear to the plight of America's kids - and their parents - who have gone to the effort and expense to gain a college education but encountered an economy unable to use them," NumbersUSA President Roy Beck said in a prepared statement.
The military's tin ear lost that which they covet most: respect and money.
You could have just been laid off from your job, stripped of your health insurance and facing eviction, but some well-meaning soul with a tin ear for words will urge you nonetheless to "have a good day.
In the meantime, political fire has focused on high levels of banking bonuses, which have been fuelled by low interest rates, bu oyant markets and what looks like bankers'' tin ear.
Given how "The War" focuses with laser accuracy on the internment of Japanese Americans and how blacks were ostracized by whites on both battlefields and factory lines, it's odd that Burns had such a tin ear in this area.
The more troubling shortcoming of the book is the fact that, despite its acknowledgment of the social and historical circumstances that inform the parallels it explores, Up from Bondage shows a tin ear for real politics throughout.
Lloyd has been accused of having a tin ear in his readings of Heaney's poetry; it is also true that there is relatively little discussion here of the actual works of the writers being commented upon; and again, Lloyd's excruciating style in the first two chapters at least will not make his argument readily available to very many readers (he veers more toward the prose of a Homi Bhabha than that of an Edward Said).
Given the drop in Brink's share price and persistent underperformance, we hope the Board does not continue to turn a tin ear to its shareholders and agrees to meet with us promptly.