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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I am calling out to all my citizens, everyone should close their ears to speculation about our economy - just do their work.'
"They should close their ears to the voices of division, hatred and discord and move on the path of peace, cooperation and progress," she added.
It is not shameful to lose a debate, but it was shaming to watch Government ministers close their ears to the stories pouring from the Opposition benches.
Condemning the UK Government's approach to the Welsh economy and unemployment and its plans for new laws, he said: "They clearly want to close their ears to the desperate plight of the economy and the problems we face in Wales.
As the Government's benefit cuts come under renewed scrutiny, ministers must not close their ears to the alarms.
"It's a big commitment for them to put a woman up over the men, and close their ears to criticism if they get beat, because they will get it.
People might wonder why Liverpool would want a part of this, but they're not exactly in a position to close their ears to the proposal at the moment either.
The waves of fury of Muslim nations will not be confined within the boundaries of the region, and the people who close their ears to the cries of the Palestinians and blindly support this regime will be responsible for the consequences." "I tell them to dissociate themselves or face the terrible consequences."
Rafael benitez has told his Liverpool stars to close their ears to criticism coming out of the AC Milan camp.
Why do politicians close their ears to the voice of those most concerned, the people who live in the threatened terraces?
Most referees just close their ears to it and go back to their room.
The sport is being tainted by corruption at the highest level as the people who run the game close their ears to the calls for change.
Good if parents everywhere remembered the words: `Children will often close their ears to advice but their eyes will always be open to example.
Many people, only too willing to close their ears to all the speeches by political and religious leaders since the London atrocities, are now categorising all Muslims, and even all those who are different from themselves, as potential bombers.