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.
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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Jerry had now to look out for another horse, and he soon heard of one through an acquaintance who was under-groom in a nobleman's stables.
I heard of one case where, day after day, the lecturer's audience consisted of three students--and always the same three.
"I have never heard of one taken on our coastline and I don't remember hearing of one taken anywhere around the British Isles." Mr Harris said divers had told him that the North Sea temperature had risen greatly in recent years.
You hear of cards getting lost or taking years to deliver, but I have never heard of one arriving that fast."
Doug Brown, secretary of the River Kelvin Angling Association, said: "We have heard of one or two being caught in a good year.
(Why only last week we heard of one which still had some cash left in it on a Sunday) "We understand money"
You have never heard of one architect being threatened because his or her work was politically active'.(3) Peter Eisenman has a better knowledge of the history of the twentieth century than to believe this (what about Gropius, Melnikov, Tatlin, Mendelsohn?).
In fact, Prince has heard of one geologist who is leaving the area to open a fast-food franchise in Thunder Bay.
Angus Haddow said: "It's the first time I have ever heard of one going into a lift in over 30 years in this field."