cloth ears

cloth ears

A humorous name for one who has not heard something that has been said. Primarily heard in UK. Come on, cloth ears, she practically shouted the answer—how did you miss it?
See also: cloth, ear

cloth ears

BRITISH
If someone has cloth ears, they do not pay attention or listen to something important. We've tried telling the government on numerous occasions but they have cloth ears. Note: You can also describe someone as cloth-eared. Even cloth-eared politicians have finally realised the scale of the problem.
See also: cloth, ear

cloth ears

an inability to hear or understand clearly. British informal derogatory
See also: cloth, ear
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But councils are greedy for rates and have cloth ears.
The Labour Party is like a piledriven fixture: for decades so entrenched they have cloth ears when it comes to any other opinion which is not endorsed by the hierarchy hacks, local or national.
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JUST when you think politicians have cloth ears, surprise, surprise, suddenly it turns out they've been listening after all.
Lyons must suffer from cloth ears to describe The Pisan Cantos, probably the greatest poem to come out of the Second World War, as "rhythmically inert and morally null.
A writer with cloth ears does not inspire confidence, especially when the subject is a poet who, by definition, must care passionately about language.
As countless generations of South Walians will attest, its name was the Helmaen Club and the error is not down to Dave but my cloth ears.
50 Cloth Ears TOMORROW'S JUMPS MEETING IS AT NEWTON ABBOT
So trainer Phil McEntee and owner-breeders Steve and Caroline Shore were positively overjoyed as their patience paid off with a win for the four-year-old Cloth Ears in the 5f maiden, who just held on by a neck under Adam Beschizza at 14-1.
So just in case you've never heard this through those scientifically-accepted cloth ears, women don't really love doing the cleaning.
Nothing," I roared to the assembled cloth ears hiding under cloth caps, "will ever be any different: 49% of our votes will give a winner 50% of the seats, the third major party will poll 18% of the vote and take only 3% of the seats, and the SNP and Plaid Cymru will poll next to nothing and have their prescriptions filled and their kids' universityeducated free of charge.
But when you can't hear, all you get are silly jokes about having cloth ears, etc.
He had also shared with me his father's advice on his wedding eve 50 or so years earlier: "Cultivate cloth ears and sauce bottle shoulders," he was told, something to do with only hearing what you want to hear and letting a wife's viperous criticism slide off your sloping shoulders leaving you unaffected.