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bend (one's) ear

To talk to someone for a long time, usually causing the listener to become bored or annoyed. Do you guys need any help in the kitchen? Uncle Stu has been bending my ear about the stock market for the past hour!
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bend someone's ear

Fig. to talk to someone, perhaps annoyingly. (As if talking so much that the other person's ear is moved back.) Tom is over there, bending Jane's ear about something. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bend your ear for an hour.
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bend someone's ear

Talk about a matter at tedious length; monopolize someone's attention. For example, Aunt Mary is always bending his ear about her financial problems. This term may have come from the much older to bend one's ear to someone, meaning "to listen to someone," although the current phrase implies a less than willing audience. [Colloquial; c. 1940]
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bend someone's ear

INFORMAL
If someone bends your ear, they keep talking to you about something, often about a problem they have or something they want you to do. I had Jo bending my ear for over an hour with all her problems. He was fed up with people bending his ear about staying on at school.
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bend someone's ear

talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favour. informal
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bend somebody’s ˈear (about something)

(informal) talk to somebody a lot about something, especially about a problem that you have: Max has been bending my ear all night about his job.
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bend (someone's) ear

Slang
To talk to at length, usually excessively.
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To try and ease these fears we (discreetly) contacted several estate agents to bend their ears about the possibility of all these apartments going at these prices.
Fergie has friends in high places and we need people like him to bend their ears to prevent the time-bomb of inactivity and obesity exploding in today's younger generation The working class hero has not forgotten his roots or respons- ibilities.
The veteran club boss launched his own impromptu taxi service at a Welsh FA function, offering two members of the committee a lift home on the condition that he could bend their ears about what he'd do if appointed.