give ear to

give (one's) ear (to someone)

To listen to someone, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to give my ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for giving your ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please give your ear to Ian for a moment. He's going to update us about the company's performance last quarter.
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give ear to (someone or something)

To listen carefully or pay close attention to someone or something; to give ample or due consideration to someone or something. I want to assure you that city council is giving ear to all residents who want to lodge complaints. Give ear to what I'm telling you, because it may prove more important than you realize in the future.
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give (an) ear to someone or something

 and give one's ear to someone or something
Fig. to listen to someone or to what someone is saying. (Compare this with get someone's ear.) I gave an ear to Mary so she could tell me her problems. She wouldn't give her ear to my story. He gave ear to the man's request.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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1-4) Goddess-nurse of the young (5), give ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embraces of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire.
But, to be sure, Lucy would not give ear to such kind of talking; so she told him directly(with a great deal about sweet and love, you know, and all that--Oh, la!
Only the infidel sharks in the audacious seas may give ear to such words, when, with tornado brow, and eyes of red murder, and foam-glued lips, Ahab leaped after his prey.
"Calm yourself, sir knight," said Don Quixote, "and give ear to what I am about to say to you.
Exodus 15:26 says, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these disease upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians for I am the Lord that healeth thee."
"Give ear to everyone as you might absorb some useful lessons along the way," says Fernandez.
Finally, those working in the federal public sector hospitals got what could be called a substantial raise in their different allowances and one expects the provincial government of Sindh will also give ear to their demand in order to encourage youth to join this field which will go a long way in meeting their domestic demand as well as sending them abroad as skilled workforce.
'I don't give ear to what people say about me, I have faith in my ability and that's the key.
If world community does not give ear to Kashmir issue, it can trigger a nuclear war.
Q uran is recited whenever, Give ear to it and pay heed, that you may obtain Mercy.
Give ear to a family member,s advice before planning an outside trip.
Come Gather round and give ear to these tales of Alexander ...' Direct addresses to the readers, short paragraphs and rhetorical questions keep them in the picture.
Kiir while addressing the masses on the martyr day at the mausoleum of late John Garang on Monday dismissed the rumour and called on the people to remain calm and refuse to give ear to Khartoum.
Our security institutions do not give ear to our saying.