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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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It is possible that he has heard of us and wishes to signify his good- will.'
Our issue is not many people have heard of us so we want to get the word out there about what we do so we can help more people."
"When we came here it was 'Haltwhistle, where's that?' They had never heard of us, but now it's 'Haltwhistle - the Centre of Britain.'" The hotel is being sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, which is seeking offers of PS895,000 for the freehold interest.
Ever tell someone about NMG and they'd never heard of us? Shayna made sure her classmates discovered NMG--she took it to show and tell at her school.
According to the report, in its company description it stated: 'if you haven't heard of us you really don't stand much of a chance.
I doubt, six years into the program, even 5% of Americans have heard of us. In fact, it's likely not more than 1% have heard of us.
* Pass on a copy of PS to somebody who's never heard of us. PS proves that technical information doesn't have to be delivered in a dull way.
Nobody had heard of us in 1964 when we started in Europe.
We would get business from patrons that would not have heard of us otherwise.
Hopefully we will attract people who have never visited before or never even heard of us."
"It was good publicity and we found after that we had lots of people coming in who had never heard of us before which obviously helped as we were a small business."
Just four days ago nobody had heard of us, now it seems like everyone has.
'We understand it is now the biggest-selling Welsh charity wristband, but because they've been sold far and wide it means people all over the UK have now heard of us and know what we do
"We'd ask people how they heard of us, and they'd say The L Word," says Sachs, who is now organizing an all-new event in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend.
About the opportunity afforded by NPN, Hae Kyung Lee said, "Many people who may have heard of us but hadn't seen us before, got to see our work," says Lee.