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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