stop (one's) ears

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stop (one's) ears

1. Literally, to plug one's hears to avoid hearing something. The child is so nervous that he stops his ears whenever he hears loud noises nearby. I couldn't bear watching such a violent scene, so I shut my eyes and stopped my ears until it was over.
2. By extension, to willfully ignore or refuse to listen to something or what someone is saying. Usually followed by "to (someone or something)." The company is being accused of stopping its ears to employees who have presented complaints of harassment or bullying in the past. We can't stop our ears to those with differing political beliefs; they have as much of a stake in this country as we do.
See also: ear, stop

stop your ears

1 put your fingers in your ears to avoid hearing. 2 refuse to listen.
See also: ear, stop
References in classic literature ?
The point, however, is that other people did not stop their ears, but, on the contrary, pricked them.
Any tips on how to stop their ears hurting and popping on the plane?
When taking off and landing, give your baby a bottle or a dummy as this will help stop their ears from popping.
The Greek hero had his men stop their ears and tie him to the mast of their ship so that he would not be able to yield to temptation.
Most wear skull-caps, bandages or tape around their heads to stop their ears from being torn off in scrums.
children would stop their ears on entering; truth would stop coming out of the mouths of children.
At the end of the section on hearing, Bromyarde says that Christians should stop their ears against the devil and his minions; for just as travelers who pass through fetid places seal their noses against the stench, so we should seal our ears against wickedness.
Along the banks of the river, the trees shrink back toward the forest behind them, the animals burrow into their dens and stop their ears. What they hear is intolerable; those unable to flee will be stone-deaf for the rest of their lives.
COMFORT When taking off and landing, give your baby a bottle or a dummy as this will help stop their ears from popping.