turn a deaf ear


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turn a deaf ear (to someone or something)

to ignore what someone says; to ignore a cry for help. How can you just turn a deaf ear to their cries for food and shelter? Jack turned a deaf ear to our pleading.
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turn a deaf ear

to ignore someone when they complain or ask for something (often + to ) In the past they've tended to turn a deaf ear to such requests.
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turn a deaf ear

Refuse to listen, as in You can plead all day but he's turning a deaf ear to everyone. This expression dates from the first half of the 1400s and was in most proverb collections from 1546 on. Also see fall on deaf ears.
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Wallace argues that for Chaucer and for England, Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II, "symbolized a historical alternative to the polity pursued by 'tyraunts of Lumbardye,' a form of rule where masculine 'wilfulhede' and self-aggrandizement turn a deaf ear to the moderating persuasions embodied in the person of an eloquent wife" (377).
The residents contacted Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, who did nothing but turn a deaf ear to their concerns and has allowed this operation to flourish, without the proper city permits, for more than six months.
Justice Minister Nora Owen chose to turn a deaf ear yesterday and banned marchers from having their voices heard outside a Justice Ministers' conference in Dublin Castle.
The property manager must not turn a deaf ear to tenant complaints of discomfort as this could be the first sign of a problem.
Companies must no longer turn a deaf ear to this issue and the serious concerns of shareholders.
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