lend (one's) ear (to someone or something)(redirected from lent their ear)
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]
lend one's ear, to
To listen, to pay attention. This locution appears in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (3.2) in Mark Antony’s famous speech, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” It is heard less often today.
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