give an ear (to one)

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give an ear (to one)

To listen to one, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to give an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for giving an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please give an ear to Ian, who will be updating us about the last quarter.
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give

/lend an ear
To pay close attention; listen attentively.

give

free/full rein to
To release from restraints; allow to go unchecked: gave free rein to her emotions.
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They should give an ear to their school-going children and ask them open questions in order to know and address the worries they face in schools.
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The decision of the court will give the people and especially PTM a hope that there is an institution of the state that is willing to give an ear to their concerns and grievances.
EA is expected to give an ear to player feedback and chart its course accordingly, once the game is launched.
The 19th day of the young doctors' strike followed by a sit-in after the provincial government officials failed to give an ear to their issues took a heavy toll on the already distressed patients.
With this campaign we are calling out to leaders, saying: 'Dear leaders, give an ear to our voices.
"So when you hear someone from a county like that expressing reservations about it, you have to at least give an ear to him and see what proposals he has.
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Angry protesters shouted slogans and pelted stones on his cavalcade angry at the chief minister failing to give an ear to their problems.
"Give an ear to people's outcry and humanistic demands.
Oh, people of the world, give an ear to their plight"
Despite repeated appeals through this newspaper no authority seems to give an ear to landlords increasing rents without any rationale.
'I can understand wanting to give an ear to the Gaelic lobby, but it's surely a question of priorities.'
She spoke of the need for parents, guardians and teachers, particularly, to always give an ear to young people, especially teenagers, because they need guidance.
The 18th day of the young doctors' strike followed by a sit-in after the provincial government officials failed to give an ear to their issues has been taking a heavy toll on the already distressed patients.