cock an ear/eye at somebody/something

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cock an ear at (someone or something)

To listen to someone or something intently. You need to cock an eye at your teacher when you're in class so that you know what your homework assignments are.
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cock an eye at (someone or something)

To look at someone or something intently. I cocked an eye at my guitar teacher to try to follow along with the chords he was playing.
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cock an ˈear/ˈeye at somebody/something

listen to or look at somebody/something carefully and with a lot of attention
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It's early doors but if they cock an ear they will greatly benefit and so will Newcastle United.
The tight-knit lyrics and infectious joy in the Flatbellys' songs will make you stop whatever you're doing and cock an ear," said another music blog, Adobe and Teardrops.
He did appear to cock an ear when his dad started talking about plans for some of the horses we had just seen wend their way up the hill at Carriganog from the far side of the kitchen table, mind you.
Cock an ear in the direction of Birmingham's restaurants today and you may hear the gentle clatter of pots and pans being hurled at kitchen walls.
Among this week's other releases include new word from Alanis Morissette (still annoying) Devon Sproule (mmm, that sweet folksy Americana) and Ladytron (oh-so-danceable goodness) but cock an ear for Sonny J's album Disastro, that comes on like The Go Team and The Avalanches dirty dancing in a run-down '70s funk disco.
Cock an ear to people gossiping in the street and you'll notice the word 'yes' has been replaced by a theatrical 'u-huh'.
Music-friendly sidebars might cock an ear, with tube pickups a certainty.
Four hours later, I was desperately trying to cock an ear to Final Score, barely having scratched the surface of the cavernous kitchen from hell.
But if you really want to peer into the soul of the Conservative party, just cock an ear to the still beating heart of hard-right reaction in the bars.
Just cock an ear toward her burned-rubber take on Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" for a sample dose of how.
He did appear to cock an ear when his dad started talking about plans for some of the horses that we had just seen wend their way up the hill at Carriganog - from the far side of the kitchen table, mind you.
IN THIS week of weeks, with advice being offered from Memphis to Mongolia, Lennox Lewis would do well to cock an ear in the direction of George Foreman.
Which is why the England team would do well to cock an ear to his thoughts in those nerve-shredding moments before the teams emerge to the roar of a 75,000 capacity crowd.
Now cock an ear towards Hull and listen again to Mark Hateley talking after taking on the job of trawling Hull from the Third Division.