lend an ear (to one)

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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 to someone or something

 and lend your ear to someone or something
Fig. to listen to someone or what someone has to say. Lend an ear to me and I will tell you a story. Lend your ear to what I am saying.
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lend an ear

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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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References in classic literature ?
Whilst the unknown was viewing these lights with interest, and lending an ear to the various noises, Master Cropole entered his apartment, followed by two attendants, who laid the cloth for his meal.
He smiled from on high at Jukes, and went on smoking and glancing about quietly, in the manner of a kind uncle lending an ear to the tale of an excited schoolboy.
The UK Government is fully behind Welsh farmers and businesses as this process is ongoing, lending an ear to their concerns and supporting those who are hoping to trade with new markets overseas.
He deplored that India had responded ruthlessly and beastly without lending an ear to the Kashmiris' aspirations.
Todd Grimshaw finds himself in the thick of the action in both storylines - berated by Carla while lending an ear to Sarah.
THE untitled verses by members of Kirklees Rural Police Team mention the role of a valley bobby during the festive season, which includes everything from catching drink-drivers to lending an ear to lonely residents.
"To have him in the dressing room lending an ear to the lads or giving them a bit of advice is invaluable.
The distressed demonstrators said there is no electricity in several areas including Bihar Colony and Chakri Road for three days now; but, WAPDA officials are not lending an ear to their problem.
Despite being famed for lending an ear to troubled souls, bar staff were only praised by one in five people.
And Bowie, who is presently working on a new album, was reportedly lending an ear to the organisers of this year's Coachella event in California over a one-off appearance.
In 1985, People's Kitchen founder, Alison Kay, started offering food and lending an ear to the homeless and needy from her own home.
THE charity famed for lending an ear to those needing to talk about their issues is not prepared to discuss its own.
In the US view, now if for any reason Pakistan is not coming to their terms related to Afghanistan, or not lending an ear to their stereotyped mantra of 'do more', the coalition support funds can be stopped or cancelled.
What worries me is that Swansea's current chairman Huw Jenkins has a reputation for lending an ear to them.