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listen to reason

To listen to a rational assessment of a situation. Oh, I've tried talking to her about how dangerous her career is, but she just will not listen to reason. Unfortunately, three-year-olds don't yet listen to reason.
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listen to reason

to yield to a reasonable argument; to take the reasonable course. Please listen to reason, and don't do something you'll regret. She got into trouble because she wouldn't listen to reason.
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listen to reason

Pay heed to sensible advice or argument, as in We can't let him rush into that job-it's time he listened to reason. [Mid-1700s]
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Culhane also made all on Listen To Reason, who got off the mark at the third attempt when beating One Upmanship by a neck in the seven-furlong maiden for three-year-olds.
They refused to listen to reason and they started breaking chairs and tables in the dining area to use as sharp objects in order to fight the policemen.
It is deeply unfortunate that, in the case of Edge Lane, today's decision-makers have been unable to show the same enlightened leadership as their forebears in demonstrating an ability to listen to reason by halting the wanton destruction of a heritage Victorian townscape to make way for a misguided and expensive scheme, the prospect of which has blighted the eastern approach to the city centre for far too long.
They don't give people enough time, and don't listen to reason.
But for those who will not listen to reason they are, sadly, necessary.
He would not listen to reason and had the Parliament enact numerous laws to the detriment of the colonies, much like the L.
decision and he was not prepared to listen to reason.
Can we rely on the Government to listen to reason on what changes are needed and over what time?
Dubai Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday urged Iran to listen to reason, extending yet another invitation to Tehran to join negotiations over three islands occupied by Iran since 1971 or take the issue to international arbitration.
SIR - Having been at the forefront of the campaign opposing both the child development assessment profiles and a banding system for primary schools in Wales, the NUT were very pleased that the Education Minister was willing to listen to reason, scrapping the former and postponing the latter ("Minister shelves plans for primary 'banding'", Feb 21).
You're efficient and your standards need to be met but you will listen to reason.
You're not as hard as your steely gaze would have us all believe, you're efficient and your standards need to be met but you will listen to reason.
He then started complaining and screaming that he didn't get his salary in time and suddenly turned hysterical, but when I tried to calm him he wouldn't listen to reason and headed towards the bathroom.
Still, if Iran won't listen to reason, Gordon could always nuke them.
They can't fathom for a moment why the grown-ups - the so-called clever ones - systematically wreck the environment, ruin lives and refuse to listen to reason.