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hearing things

Having auditory hallucinations. Bob: "Listen, I'm sure that someone is right behind us!" Jack: "Bob, you're hearing things. There's nothing out here but us and the wind."
See also: hearing, thing

in hearing distance

Close enough to clearly hear what someone says or does. They didn't realize I was in hearing distance when they were discussing my performance in school. Let's step outside—I don't want to fight while they're in hearing distance.
See also: distance, hearing

within hearing distance

Close enough to clearly hear what someone says or does. They didn't realize I was within hearing distance when they were discussing my performance in school. Let's step outside—I don't want to fight while they're within hearing distance.
See also: distance, hearing, within

a fair hearing

The chance to present one's argument or explanation about an alleged crime or wrongdoing, especially in a courtroom. All we ask is for a fair hearing—to present our evidence without prejudice by judge or jury.
See also: fair, hearing

hard of hearing

Describing someone whose ability to hear is limited. Grandpa is hard of hearing, so be prepared to speak loudly or repeat yourself a lot.
See also: hard, hearing, of

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.
See also: hear, of

hear (one) loud and clear

1. To be clearly able to hear and understand what one is saying over the telephone or radio. Yes, ground control, I hear you loud and clear. We're hearing you loud and clear, Reggie. You can go ahead and bring your rig into the station.
2. To understand exactly what one means. I heard you loud and clear, Janet—first secure the deal, and then worry about the details. A: "Do you understand why this is so important?" B: "Yes, yes, I hear you loud and clear."
See also: and, clear, hear, loud

hear word (from someone or something)

To receive or be given a message or communication (from someone or something). We're hearing word from police that the suspect is moving south on Broadway in a white pickup truck. Please let me know if you hear word from Aunt Marie—I'm starting to worry about her.
See also: hear, someone, word

hear (something) through

To listen to something in its entirety. I know you're already angry, but please hear my apology through.
See also: hear, through


Deaf or partially deaf. Some deaf people advocate the avoidance of this term in favor of the more straightforwardly descriptive terms “deaf” and “hard of hearing.” Grandpa is hearing-impaired, so be prepared to speak loudly or repeat yourself a lot.

hard of hearing

[of someone] unable to hear well or partially deaf. Please speak loudly. I am hard of hearing. Tom is hard of hearing, but is not totally deaf.
See also: hard, hearing, of

hearing impaired

Euph. deaf or nearly deaf. This program is closed-captioned for our hearing-impaired viewers. His mother happens to be hearing impaired, so he learned to sign at an early age.
See also: hearing, impaired

hard of hearing

Somewhat deaf, having a partial loss of hearing. For example, You'll have to speak distinctly; Dad's a little hard of hearing. The use of hard in the sense of "difficulty in doing something" survives only in this expression. [Mid-1500s]
See also: hard, hearing, of

a fair ˈhearing

the opportunity for somebody to give their point of view about something before deciding if they have done something wrong, often in a court of law: I’ll see that you get a fair hearing.
See also: fair, hearing

hard of ˈhearing

unable to hear well: He’s become rather hard of hearing.The television programme has subtitles for the hard of hearing.
See also: hard, hearing, of

in/within (somebody’s) ˈhearing

near enough to somebody so that they can hear what is said: She shouldn’t have said such things in your hearing.
See also: hearing, within

hard of hearing

1. Having a partial loss of hearing.
2. People who have partial loss of hearing, considered as a group.
See also: hard, hearing, of
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