stop your ears

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 ?
Against these false little words shall ye stop your ears.
I have been told that flying is easier than driving your car but you must take a bag of sweets to stop your ears popping and landing can be a bit bumpy but I'm looking forward to the experience, despite my nerves.
Fast forward to more recent times - hold onto your seat, and chew some gum to stop your ears from popping.
ask someone to hold a tumbler of water to your lips for you to drink while you stop your ears with your fingers .
You must guard against him," he warns, "as Ulysses did against the Syrens; stop your Ears, or he'll lure you with.