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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.
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incline away (from someone or something)

To tilt or slant away from someone or something. Please don't tell me that the attic is inclining away from the rest of the house.
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incline forward

1. To lean or tilt forward. I inclined forward to see if that would loosen up my tight back muscles.
2. To cause something to lean or tilt forward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "incline" and "forward." If you can't reach the table, just incline your chair forward.
See also: forward, incline

incline toward (someone or something)

1. To physically lean or tilt toward someone or something. The way those branches are inclining toward our house is really starting to worry me.
2. By extension, to feel or show a preference for someone or something. I haven't been feeling well all week, so I'm inclined toward staying in this weekend. Honestly, I'm inclined toward Sharon—I just think she'd make a better mayor.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

incline away (from someone or something)

to lean or slope away from someone or something. I inclined away from her to avoid her alcohol breath. The land inclined away from the house.
See also: away, incline

incline forward

to lean forward; to slant forward. The earthquake-ravaged building inclined forward a little bit more and looked as if it was going to fall. My chair inclined forward and I kept feeling as if I were going to fall off.
See also: forward, incline

incline something forward

to lean something forward; to make something slant forward. Incline the light forward a little bit, so you can see better. The fence had been inclined slightly forward to make it harder to climb.
See also: forward, incline

incline toward someone or something

1. to lean or slant toward someone or something. The piece of scenery inclined toward Roger very slowly and he jumped out of the way just in time. The tree inclined toward the direction of the wind.
2. to favor or "lean" toward choosing someone or something. I don't know which to choose. I incline toward Terri but I also favor Amy. I am inclining toward chocolate.
See also: incline, toward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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’.
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