dialogue of the deaf

a dialogue of the deaf

A situation in which people share their views without actually listening or acknowledging each other. As long as those two are still in a dialogue of the deaf, we'll never reach an agreement.
See also: deaf, dialogue, of

dialogue of the deaf

a discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the others say.
The French equivalent dialogue des sourds is also sometimes used in English.
See also: deaf, dialogue, of
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Unfortunately, my impression of the last few days, when I've been talking to the government, is that it seems to be a bit of a dialogue of the deaf.
In a recorded interview scheduled for broadcast on Thursday night by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, excerpts of which were leaked by the station mid-day, Anastasiades said Sunday's joint meeting he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will have with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "how the dialogue becomes not a dialogue of the deaf but on the substance of the chapters of security, territory, and the rest".
It was a dialogue of the deaf," said one participant, who asked not to be identified because of the confidentiality of the session, Reuters claimed.
While it wouldn't be a walk in the park to overcome the reproach that accumulated as a result of mutual ineptitude and dialogue of the deaf, a remedy will eventually be found in the weeks to come.
The head of the political council of the Aabaidat tribe in eastern Libya said "we reject the dialogue of the deaf that is absurdly moving from place to place by obtrusive elements who do not want well for Libya".
The Ukrainian unionists (with Russia) and Ukrainian nationalists are rapidly succumbing to a dialogue of the deaf, which will transmute into a horrific exchange of pointless casualties.
Summary: The key issue of a transitional government that would strip President Bashar Assad of his powers blocked any progress Monday in Syrian peace talks, described by one delegate as "a dialogue of the deaf.
I do not think I can add more to what the politicians and intellectuals who participated in the conference have said, so I just say that the world is not a charity, but is based on mutual interests, and for dialogue to succeed it must include what each party can offer the other so as not to become a monologue or a dialogue of the deaf.
Talking to ambulance chiefs is like a dialogue of the deaf.
Clearly, all political players must not stumble, make wrong moves or transform this new hope that has just blossomed into deception or a dialogue of the deaf," Tunisian daily La Presse wrote.
The 'exchange' at the UNSC between the two neighbouring countries is typical of the dialogue of the deaf that has been part of their relationship for years, and in which the two sides talk 'at' rather than 'with' each other.
There is a dialogue of the deaf between Berne and the EU.
His comments show clearly the extent of tension between the parties and the return to the traditional North-South dialogue of the deaf.
These are undoubted strengths, but often result in a dialogue of the deaf between communicators and leaders.
To a large extent, as Richard Lambert has commented, this has been a dialogue of the deaf, with entrenched views crowding out any reasoned explanation or claim by the other side.