lend (one's) ear (to someone or something)

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lend (one's) ear (to someone or something)

To listen carefully or pay close attention (to someone or something). Be sure to lend your ear during the presentation. I know we're supposed to lend our ear's to the safety presentation before each flight, but I've seen it so many times that I just tune it out now.
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lend one's ear

Also, lend an ear. Pay attention, listen, as in "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 3:2). This idiom may be obsolescent. [Late 1300s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Wherefore I will lend ear to thy counsel, and this youth shall journey with us unto York, and our house shall be as a home to him until his wounds shall be healed.
He suggested to the media not to lend ear to Indian propaganda.
In an attempt to justify the noble aim of the event, Foreign Minister reportedly requested the young generation to lend ear to the music which he believes could mould issues.
He praised Imran Khan, saying, 'You have leadership quality; that is why, masses lend ear to what you say.'
According to the media reports, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), in its bid to take on board all stakeholders in the city, is holding meetings with political parties to lend ear to their reservations in connection with the proposed fresh delimitation of the metropolis' constituencies.
During the hearing of a case regarding encroachment of land in Bani Gala, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar praised Imran Khan, saying, 'Khan Sahib, you have leadership quality; that is why, masses lend ear to what you say.'
The international community should not lend ear to the malicious propaganda unleashed by India against Pakistan and Kashmiris, he stressed.
I appealed parents to not lend ears to misconceptions and rumors.We have positive environment samples circulation which has paralyzed a child in Lahore.
She wanted to lend ears to everything her lola wants to say.
The only authorised announcement would be made from the Lahore sit-in and workers should not lend ears to any propaganda.'
In the letter, which Sudan Tribune obtained, the group has warned of the major political crisis within Fangak state after Governor Ruea failed to lend ears to the state officials and acted on his own behalf without consultation with the members of parliament and council of ministers.
Keeping this phenomenon in mind, the Dubai Municipality has urged the public not to rely upon unapproved products and not to lend ears to false and exaggerated promises like '100% herbal' and 'quick weight loss'.
The release of grants, which is delayed every year on the part of the Ministry of Education has now culminated in the setting up of a national co-ordination on Facebook that will lend ears to the sufferings of trainees at all training centers.
The Palestinians are not waiting for such committees but for "proper, calculated positions that do not forsake" their rights and national cause, he said, lamenting that the PA does not lend ears to real Palestinian needs and positions.