about (one's) ears

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about (one's) ears

Around one. Said when something has failed. When her business went bankrupt, her whole world collapsed about her ears.
See also: ear
References in classic literature ?
It would be the easiest folly in the world to fall in love with her: there is such a sweet babylike roundness about her face and figure; the delicate dark rings of hair lie so charmingly about her ears and neck; her great dark eyes with their long eye-lashes touch one so strangely, as if an imprisoned frisky sprite looked out of them.