incline (one's) ear

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incline (one's) ear

To listen intently, attentively, and receptively (to what someone is saying). the phrase is used in several places in the Bible, usually in reference to listening to God. You need to learn to incline your ear to the words of wisdom your elders have to offer. The representative pleaded with world leaders to incline their ears to her country's distress.
See also: ear, incline

incline your ear

listen favourably. literary
Incline thine ear is an expression used throughout the Bible, for example in Psalms 17:6: ‘I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech’.
See also: ear, incline
References in classic literature ?
Rochester at the house up yonder, Wood; but I daresay you have many a time inclined your ear to gossip about the mysterious lunatic kept there under watch and ward.