pin back (one's) ears

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pin back (one's) ears

1. To harshly reprimand one. Also seen as "pin (one's) ears back." The principal pinned back Jeff's ears for what he did in the cafeteria. My parents are going to pin my ears back if I'm not home by curfew.
2. To definitively defeat one. Also seen as "pin (one's) ears back." I knew the other team was better, but I didn't think they would pin back our ears so dominantly. Dude, Kristina is a star tennis player—she's going to pin your ears back out there.
3. To beat or strike one, especially targeting the head. Also seen as "pin (one's) ears back." Talk to me like that again and I'll pin back your ears, boy! Don't cross Rufus or he'll pin your ears back. I've seen him do it.
4. To listen carefully. Typically used as an imperative. Also seen as "pin (one's) ears back." Primarily heard in UK. Pin back your ears while the teacher is talking so you don't miss the assignment. My boss told me to pin my ears back during the meeting, but I was already listening closely.
See also: back, ear, pin

pin someone's ears back

 
1. Fig. to beat someone, especially about the head. Don't talk to me like that or I will pin your ears back! Max wanted to pin back Lefty's ears for making fun of him.
2. Fig. to give someone a good scolding. Did you hear him? He really pinned Chuck's ears back. He pinned back Chuck's ears.
See also: back, ear, pin

pin someone's ears back

Defeat, overcome, punish, as in The Red Sox had their ears pinned back by the Yankees, or You'll get your ears pinned back if you're late. [c. 1940]
See also: back, ear, pin

pin back your ears

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
1. If you pin back your ears, you listen carefully to what someone is saying. Right, children, pin back your ears because this is important.
2. In sport, if someone pins back their ears, they run very quickly in an attempt to score and help their team win. The Newport back division dropped the ball 30 metres out and Hughes pinned back his ears and raced to the line.
See also: back, ear, pin

pin someone's ears back

AMERICAN
If you pin someone's ears back, you tell them off for having done something wrong. I've had some grandparents pin their 40-year-old son's ears back.
See also: back, ear, pin

pin your ears back

listen carefully.
See also: back, ear, pin

pin someone’s ears back

1. tv. to scold someone severely. The teacher pinned the kids’ ears back for chewing gum.
2. tv. to beat someone, especially about the head. You do something like that again, and I’ll pin your ears back.
See also: back, ear, pin
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From the restart, the Blues almost scored again as Josh Navidi intercepted Amos in his own half and pinned his ears back, only to be hauled down just short by outstanding covering from Morgan.
The lock, making his first outing for Ponty since linking up with regional entity Blues earlier in the season, still had much to do but pinned his ears back and sprinted nearly 40m for the try.
Taking a ball on the half way line, Williams looked up and saw the Pumas broken defensive line ahead of him, pinned his ears back and darted through to go round under the posts and restore the advantage.
Roby pinned his ears back from 25 metres and plunged over after breaking a last-ditch cover tackle.
Howe came on to a standing ovation and his chip ahead led to Wallace scoring the seventh try, while Maxwell pinned his ears back and outpaced the Borders defence down the sideline to notch an impressive brace himself.
Come the hour, Moseley's relentless pressure told when scrum-half Garry Becconsall - who played for Rugby Lions last season - spotted a gap, pinned his ears back and bored over for a try which fly-half Greg McDonald converted.
Austin Healey pinned his ears back to beat Neil Jenkins in a one-sided race to the corner and the outstanding Greenwood then got his first try for England from an inside pass by Rees to take the score past the half- century mark.
The Cardiff Blues flier James looked set to go the distance at the Principality Stadium in February when he snapped up a loose ball inside his own half and pinned his ears back.
The lock pinned his ears back and used his power to cross the line, with Parra's missed conversion the only consolation for the Welsh.
Wales' Cooper joked: "I thought he (Jones) could have pinned his ears back, I thought he was like a thoroughbred going down the middle of the field there.
Catching a Halifax bomb close to his own line, the Australian flyer pinned his ears back in a thrilling 90 metre dash to score to the right of the posts.
He intercepted an attempted chip ahead by Parks and pinned his ears back, running in the try from 70 metres.
The fair-haired centre spotted a gap from the host club's own 22, pinned his ears back and made 40 metres in a jinking run through the midfield before he was finally pulled down within striking distance of Orrell's line.
It did look as though Roberts was going to put them back in front when he pulled off an interception and pinned his ears back for the line, only for play to be called back for an earlier knock-on.
With the opposition committing the schoolboy error of turning their backs andwalking towards thepostsexpecting a kick at goal, Jones tapped to himself and pinned his ears back, catching the Pumas well and truly napping.