a hungry belly has no ears

a hungry belly has no ears

proverb One who is hungry cannot focus on anything but their hunger. A: "I'm sorry, I know you're trying to talk to me, but I really need to get something to eat first." B: "Oh, sure. I know that a hungry belly has no ears." Don't bother talking to the kids until after dinner because hungry bellies have no ears.
See also: belly, ear, hungry, no
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