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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.
See also: hear, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: hear, not, of, something
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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!
See also: hear, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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B--TT--RB--RY, he will hear of something to his advantage, and may be assured that all will be once more forgiven.
"I do not pretend to fix on times or places, but I must tell you that I have good reason to believe your little friend will soon hear of something to her advantage."
Strutt, attorney, of Rodham, he will hear of something to his advantage."
Hawdon (Captain Hawdon, if you hold to the saying 'Once a captain, always a captain') was to hear of something to his advantage."
If he says yes, and asks you where the ashes are, refer him to Wilkins Micawber, and he will hear of something not at all to his advantage!'
NORMALLY when I hear of something important from Liverpool's past being demolished, I'm the first one up in arms.
And when you hear of something like that happening two doors away you start to look at every one that comes in with suspicion, which isn't nice.
"We are trying to have a culture of sensible drinking but when you hear of something like this it is unwise, to say the least."
HOW brilliant to hear of something being done to commemorate Mothers in Erdington (Mail, July 17).
"There are very few cricketers who want to get involved in this and our aim is to help those who hear of something seen in y ho d in o help omething and want to report it.
She added: "As parents it is really scary to hear of something like this.
So if you hear of something groundbreaking today, it'd be a good idea to reserve judgment.
He said: "Halloween is always a great night out in the town, so it is a shame to hear of something like this happening.
YOU KNOW WHEN you hear of something in the works, but it's just not ready yet for the public?
"This incident gives us great concern and we are very worried when we hear of something like this."