in one ear and out the other

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in one ear and out the other

Of something spoken, essentially ignored, dismissed, or forgotten almost immediately after being heard. My instructions to my kids are often in one ear and out the other, especially if they have their phone in front of them. I have to remind my students a dozen times to copy down their homework—it's like in one ear and out other. You can try to convince him, but with him it's usually in one ear and out the other.
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in (at) one ear and out (of) the other

Prov. heard but not remembered. (Used to describe something that someone does not listen to.) Ellen: Did you tell Junior to be careful with the car when he drives it? Fred: Yes, but I think it went in one ear and out the other. The teacher felt that everything she told her students was in one ear and out the other.
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in one ear and out the other

Quickly forgotten, as in Their advice to her just went in one ear and out the other. This expression, a proverb in John Heywood's 1546 collection, conjures up a graphic image of sound traveling through one's head. [Late 1300s]
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in one ear and out the other

heard but disregarded or quickly forgotten.
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in one ear and out the other

Without any influence or effect; unheeded: His mind was made up, so my arguments went in one ear and out the other.
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