turn a deaf ear (to someone or something)

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turn a deaf ear (to someone or something)

To ignore or refuse to listen to someone or something; to fail to pay attention to something someone says. The government has been turning a deaf ear to the pleas of its most vulnerable citizens. I'll never forgive myself for turning a deaf ear when my roommate was clearly crying out for help.
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turn a deaf ear (to someone or something)

to ignore what someone says; to ignore a cry for help. How can you just turn a deaf ear to their cries for food and shelter? Jack turned a deaf ear to our pleading.
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turn a deaf ear

Refuse to listen, as in You can plead all day but he's turning a deaf ear to everyone. This expression dates from the first half of the 1400s and was in most proverb collections from 1546 on. Also see fall on deaf ears.
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turn a deaf ear

If you turn a deaf ear to something such as a request or argument, you refuse to consider it and do not pay any attention to it. She repeatedly complained to her employers but they turned a deaf ear. The Mayor of Paris, owner of two dogs, has long turned a deaf ear to Parisians who want tougher laws to protect the cleanliness of their pavements.
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turn a deaf ˈear (to something)

refuse to listen (to something); ignore something: She turned a deaf ear to her husband’s advice and took the job anyway.
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ISLAMABAD -- Dozens of overflowing sewerage lines in different sectors of the capital city including the Secretariat area have become a nuisance for the citizens while the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has turned a deaf ear to the issue despite repeated complaints by the citizens.
Our complaints and pleas for a change turned into nothing; the housing administration simply turned a deaf ear to our requests.
German midfielder Dietmar Hamann last night turned a deaf ear to Alan Shearer and became an instant Geordie hero.