One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the others say.
- ‘An attempt is made to find common premises for discussions which in the past have often proved to be mere dialogues of the deaf.’
- ‘Failure on both sides to understand and appreciate these differences has led to a dialog of the deaf, with the opposing sides failing to understand the viewpoint of the other.’
- ‘We are left with learned dialogues of the deaf, consisting solely of competing scholarly monologues in the present.’
- ‘Socially, as well as physically, experts say, we are in danger of becoming a society in which dialogues of the deaf are not the exception, but the rule.’
- ‘Bombing people back to the stone age and carrying suicide bombs creates a dialog of the deaf where the only sounds that are heard are those of explosions; the moderates voices are lost in the ensuing noise.’
- ‘However, these were the dialogues of the deaf where both sides merely asserted and reasserted their respective positions.’
- ‘By the late 1930s, they began to act accordingly, thus contributing to a fascinating dialog of the deaf between purveyors and users of new technologies and techniques.’
- ‘Cardoso and the intellectuals often seem to be talking past each other in a dialog of the deaf.’
- ‘The difficulties can be a matter of culture as much as personality - dialogues of the deaf are liable to occur when people don't take the time and trouble to get on to the same wavelength at the outset.’
- ‘It is, however, many years since the G7 fulfilled this role and its meetings are now dialogues of the deaf.’
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