close (one's) ears to (someone or something)

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close (one's) ears to (someone or something)

To willfully ignore or refuse to listen to something or what someone is saying. The company is being accused of closing its ears to employees who have presented complaints of harassment or bullying in the past. We can't close our ears to those with differing political beliefs; they have as much of a stake in this country as we do.
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Teach him to close his ears to the howling mob, and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right.
The jokes came thick and fast yesterday but the ability of the Health Secretary to close his ears to good advice on the NHS is legendary.
If you can, how to laugh when he is sad...Teach him there is no shame in tears...Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right...never kill the 'child' in him for that will make him a man one day..."
RAFAEL BENITEZ intends to close his ears to suggestions that Arsenal's lapse in midweek will boost Liverpool's hopes of catching the Premier League leaders.
But manager Arsene Wenger insisted: 'I am not concerned about it at all because everybody knows Ashley plays a fair game and can close his ears to the crowd.