hear of (someone or something)

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hear of (someone or something)

1. To know of someone or something. Last week, I'd never even heard of that actress, and now, I'm seeing her everywhere!
2. To learn of someone or something. Michael has a new girlfriend? Why haven’t I heard of this?
3. To consider something or allow something (to happen). In this usage, the phrase is typically used negatively to emphasize that one will not consider or allow something to happen. A: "I'd like to pay for dinner to thank you for your generosity." B: "I won't hear of it, my boy! You are our guest." My mother wouldn't hear of us going to an out-of-state college.
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hear of someone or something

to learn of the existence of someone or something. Did you ever hear of such a thing? I have heard of Sharon Wallace and I would like to meet her.
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hear of

Be informed about, as in I'd never heard of that jazz singer before, but she was very good. [Late 1500s] Also see not have it (hear of it).
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not ˈhear of something

not allow something to happen: ‘May I pay for the phone call?’ ‘Don’t be silly! I wouldn’t hear of it!’He won’t hear of his daughter becoming a police officer. He thinks it’s much too dangerous.
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hear of

v.
1. To know of the existence of someone or something: Have you ever heard of this basketball player?
2. To receive news about something or someone: This is the first I've heard of your decision. She was last heard of somewhere abroad.
3. To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
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"I had thought it had to be something bad from what I'd seen last night, you don't have police out for that long if it wasn't something bad, but it is a shock to hear of somebody dying."
Whilst it is always regrettable to hear of somebody resigning their job, I have to say Mr Carruth, whilst having a difficult task in reducing the budget, appeared to do so without fully taking a quality assurance approach to those cuts that senior managers were proposing.
How often, too often, do we hear of somebody lying on the floor having their head kicked like a football?
While our school year has spawned two famous sports stars in former Crystal Palace footballer Andrew Martin and Newport RFC captain Dai Pattison, who have often featured within the Echo's pages over the years and achieved great things in their own right, it has been a refreshing change to hear of somebody making headway in a vocational career in these days of the media tarring all young people living within our city with the "uneducated, irresponsible thug" stereotype.
Bill Latham, a spokesman for the Cliff Richard Organisation, Sir Cliff's management company, said he was delighted to hear of somebody in their early 20s owning one of his many recordings.
"But when it strikes at the very place where you come from and you hear of somebody being killed in such tragic circumstances, it is even more poignant," he said.
"Every time I hear of somebody being killed it's really frustrating and heartbreaking and I know exactly what that family will be going through.