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bend (one's) ear

To talk to one for a long time, usually causing them 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

bend someone's ear

talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favour. informal
See also: bend, ear
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: bend, ear
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bend (someone's) ear

Slang
To talk to at length, usually excessively.
See also: bend, ear
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bend someone's ear, to

To subject someone to a barrage of words. This somewhat slangy twentieth-century cliché comes from an older one, to bend one’s ear to someone, meaning to listen or pay attention to someone. This usage dates from the late sixteenth century and frequently appears in poetry (for example, John Milton, “Thine ears with favor bend,” 1648). Sometimes incline serves for bend, as in the Book of Common Prayer and in a well-known Protestant prayer response (“Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us,” by George Whelpton, 1897).
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"Quickly, then, child!" said the minister, bending his ear close to her lips.
The hunter made no reply; but, bending his ear near the water, he sat holding his breath, and listening attentively as if to some distant sound.
SHAY GIVEN last night revealed Celtic coach Alan Thompson is bending his ear about joining the Glasgow giants.
SHAY GIVEN last night revealed Celtic backroom boy Alan Thompson has been bending his ear about joining Neil Lennon's revolution during a coaching course in Ireland.
"I have already warned him that I will be giving him earache because I will be bending his ear plenty."
But Salgado is bending his ear and flew to Madrid for a summit with him last week.
And construction tycoon Wallace, an Italian football fanatic, has been bending his ear about theopposition players he'll have breathing down his neck in Bari.
The Welsh pack have been bending his ear about two of his Gloucester team-mates who will appear in the Italian pack tomorrow.
And the centre-half revealed the Baggies supporters had been bending his ear since Wolves set up the Black Country showdown by defeating Oldham in last week's third-round replay.
"When he looks in a good mood I'll be bending his ear and when he looks in a bad mood I'm not going to speak to him!
People of Vulture's acquaintance have been bending his ear about the nationally famous club scene in the city.
So,not only will the PM be able to cope without Campbell constantly at his side and bending his ear,he will also manage very much better.
With an aide only occasionally bending his ear, Gore testified before a Senate subcommittee about the need to increase the size of the Tennessee Wilderness System, ad-libbed a speech about a Democratic alternative to the Reagan defense buildup, cast his vote on the product liability bill, held a strategy meeting about the upcoming gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee, and questioned Environmental Protection Agency officials about why they no longer test disinfectants before allowing them to be used in hospitals.
And construction tycoon Wallace, an Italian football fanatic, has been bending his ear about the players he'll have breathing down his neck in Bari.
"This has obviously come about from owner Mike Ashley sitting among the fans - they've clearly been bending his ear."