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lend an ear (to one)

To listen to one, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to lend an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for lending an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please lend an ear to Ian, who will be giving us an update about the last quarter.
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lend an ear


lend a sympathetic ear

If you lend an ear or lend a sympathetic ear to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and with concern. My mother was always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice she could. My colleagues lent a sympathetic ear to my complaints but could do nothing to help.
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lend an ear (or your ears)

listen to someone sympathetically or attentively.
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lend an ˈear (to somebody/something)

listen to what somebody is telling you: He’s a good friend. He’s always ready to lend a sympathetic ear.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Vale, "Corticotropin-releasing factor: actions on the sympathetic nervous system and metabolism," Endocrinology, vol.
As we age, and when we are fighting diseases, the body's balance changes such that the sympathetic branch begins to dominate.
Surgical procedures related to cervical sympathetic chain are common like thoracoscopic cervical sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis, anterior cervical spinal surgeries [3,4] and ultrasound guided neck procedures like stellate ganglion block for chronic pain syndromes.
In response to a stressor, the sympathetic nervous system triggers a rise in BP and heart rate.
The management instead of giving a sympathetic hearing and trying to resolve the issues faced by retired employees, registered cases against them at the Sukhan Police Station.
Multiple evidences have demonstrated that ANS, especially sympathetic nervous system, may play a key role in the occurrence and maintenance of AF [10, 11].
studied hypothalamic mechanisms in the context of sympathetic activation in hypertension related to obesity or type II diabetes mellitus.
He said the increased sympathetic nervous activity in the intestine causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Pottenger theorized that in some individuals, either the sympathetic or parasympathetic system was overly active, bringing about disease states that could be ameliorated if the overactive system was toned down.
The development of sympathetic overdrive presents between 7 and 14 days after the onset of muscle spasms, [12,13] and is characterised by tachycardia and precipitous systolic arterial pressure changes from minute to minute.
KEY WORDS: Mobilization, Pain, Paresthesia, Sympathetic nervous system, Thoracic spine.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest, including the area of the thoracic sympathetic chain, was normal.
Magnetizing inrush can be classified into energization inrush, sympathetic inrush, and recovery in-rush [4].