lend an ear

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lend an ear (to one)

To listen to one, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to lend an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for lending an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please lend an ear to Ian, who will be giving us an update about the last quarter.
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lend an ear


lend a sympathetic ear

If you lend an ear or lend a sympathetic ear to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and with concern. My mother was always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice she could. My colleagues lent a sympathetic ear to my complaints but could do nothing to help.
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lend an ear (or your ears)

listen to someone sympathetically or attentively.
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lend an ˈear (to somebody/something)

listen to what somebody is telling you: He’s a good friend. He’s always ready to lend a sympathetic ear.
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Already the others had begun to lend an ear to this encouragement and were coming a little to themselves, when the same voice broke out again--not this time singing, but in a faint distant hail that echoed yet fainter among the clefts of the Spy-glass.
"Do what you feel is right; obey me, and even in the sloughs of want I will plant for you firm footing." And then, as I walked fast along the road, there rose upon me a strange, inly-felt idea of some Great Being, unseen, but all present, who in His beneficence desired only my welfare, and now watched the struggle of good sad evil in my heart, and waited to see whether I should obey His voice, heard in the whispers of my conscience, or lend an ear to the sophisms by which His enemy and mine--the Spirit of Evil --sought to lead me astray.
Once or twice Jos had been on the point of saying something very important to her, to which she was most willing to lend an ear, but the fat fellow could not be brought to unbosom himself of his great secret, and very much to his sister's disappointment he only rid himself of a large sigh and turned away.
Lend an ear, then, to this concert of bell towers; spread over all the murmur of half a million men, the eternal plaint of the river, the infinite breathings of the wind, the grave and distant quartette of the four forests arranged upon the hills, on the horizon, like immense stacks of organ pipes; extinguish, as in a half shade, all that is too hoarse and too shrill about the central chime, and say whether you know anything in the world more rich and joyful, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes;--than this furnace of music,--than these ten thousand brazen voices chanting simultaneously in the flutes of stone, three hundred feet high,--than this city which is no longer anything but an orchestra,--than this symphony which produces the noise of a tempest.
Karithi is known to lend an ear to Kiraitu, hence a clash between the two is seen as one between the senator and the governor.
Always eager to offer a cup of tea or a glass of whisky, she would lend an ear to those who wanted it or otherwise crack a joke.
Bukhari said that those levelling allegations on others should also had patience to lend an ear to truth.
Its five-step SHUSH listening tips aim to help people lend an ear to"anyone who may be struggling", with the advice being - Show you care:by focusing just on the other person, making eye contact and putting away your phone Have patience:as it may take time and several attempts before a person is ready to open up Use open questions: that need more than a yes or no answer, plus follow-up, such as"tell me more" Say it back:to check you've understood, but don't interrupt or offer a solution Have courage:don't be put off by a negative response and don't be afraid to leave silence.
Lend an ear to the Tribu performers of the Ephesus Teatron Group, who will greet Independence Day with a concert of Philippine music-classical, folk, patriotic or simply entertaining.
It is, however, strange to see how Trump - who has been wary of large-scale foreign military entanglements and is desperate to pull US forces out of Afghanistan - could even lend an ear to Bolton.
Friends and families of those who are facing mental distress should not shun or shut out their loved ones but instead lend an ear to hear their concerns, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.
We celebrate random acts of kindness LYNN LOVE To hold open a door, to lend an ear to someone needing a chat, it's always very rewarding to make a difference to someone's life.
The Philippine Army's 24th Infantry Battalion gathered "panglakayens and mananakems" (elders and wisdom-bearers in indigenous communities) for the "Elder's Forum" so government could lend an ear to their issues and concerns.
Ambassador Kurai said that if his government would lend an ear to him in the future, he would be happy to do even a second term in Pakistan.