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deaf as an adder

Unable to hear anything. The deafness of an adder is referred to in the Bible. A: "I'm shouting, and he's ignoring me!" B: "Oh, he's deaf as an adder! Write down whatever you're trying to communicate to him." What are you, deaf as an adder? You hear me calling you for dinner, so get in here!
See also: adder, deaf

*deaf as a post

deaf. (*Also:as ~.) When my cousin was a teenager, she played her drum set without ear protection, and she was as deaf as a post by the age of twenty-five. Mark can't hear you even if you shout; he's deaf as a post.
See also: deaf, post

deaf as a post

Also, deaf as an adder. Unable to hear or to listen, as in Speak louder, Grandpa's deaf as a post. The first simile has its origin in John Palsgrave's Acolastus (1540): "How deaf an ear I intended to give him ... he were as good to tell his tale to a post." It has largely replaced deaf as an adder, alluding to an ancient belief that adders cannot hear; it is recorded in the Bible (Psalms 58:3-5).
See also: deaf, post

deaf as a post

If someone is as deaf as a post, they are very deaf. My Dad is as deaf as a post.
See also: deaf, post

deaf as an adder (or a post)

completely or extremely deaf.
The traditional deafness of an adder is based on an image in Psalm 58:4: ‘the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear’.
See also: adder, deaf

(as) deaf as a ˈpost

(informal) unable to hear anything: You’ll have to shout if you want her to hear you. She’s as deaf as a post.
See also: deaf, post

deaf as a post

Unable to hear or to listen. The simile dates from the sixteenth century, when J. Palsgrave wrote (Acolastus, 1540), “He wotteth ful lyttel how deffe an eare I intended to gyue him . . . he were as good to tell his tale to a poste.” It caught on and has survived to the present, outliving such similes as deaf as an adder (first recorded in the Book of Psalms, 58:4–5), deaf as a beetle, and deaf as a white cat. See also fall on deaf ears; turn a blind eye/deaf ear.
See also: deaf, post
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Over a 12-year period, four of the 14 cases of berg adder envenomation dealt with by the TPIC have been from the Betty's Bay region.
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Previously the host of a BBC nature programme, Dr Jones said he had handled hundreds of adders during his career and has never been bitten.
Several adder sightings across South Wales have been reported, and one woman was hospitalised after being bitten while walking her dog in Port Eynon, Swansea.
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As he neared the reptile to take a shot the adder sprang to life - with fangs on show.
However, no one has died from adder bite in the UK for over three decades and, with proper treatment, the worst effects one can expect are nausea and drowsiness, followed by severe swelling and bruising in the area of the bite.
They want to find out if decreasing numbers of adders in the region has led to inbreeding.
Stunned police found 16 highly-venomous snakes in bedrooms at a terrace house in Liversedge - including nine puff adders and a cobra.
Although adders are still widely but thinly spread throughout the country they have declined in recent years.