One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be tone-deaf.‘anyone can tune a piano with it—you can actually have a tin ear’figurative ‘the company has had a tin ear for hearing what customers want’
- ‘But when it comes to portraying certain American cultural expressions, the BBC seems to have a tin ear.’
- ‘The company has had a tin ear for hearing what customers want in recent years.’
- ‘But our president simply has a tin ear for how to speak to people.’
- ‘In so many places, the lectionary seems to have a tin ear, without regard for the artistic, musical, dramatic quality of biblical texts.’
- ‘Add to this that I have a tin ear for US politics, and my qualifications for commenting on last week's election, and giving my liberal friends tips on how to warm their eggs and suckle their young are complete.’
- ‘I like this one because it challenges scholars who are influential but apparently have a tin ear for what the New Testament writers were trying to communicate to their first readers, namely, a new kind of participation in divine power.’
- ‘Cool, unless you have a tin ear or prefer pottery.’
- ‘He has a tin ear for politics - no, metallurgists of the future will toil for years to discover exactly what unusual material his ears are made from.’
- ‘I have to say, the administration, since Election Day, has had a tin ear on a couple of things, I think.’
- ‘For an antidote to the sugary Broadway show, I always wondered if at least one of the kids had a tin ear and the rhythm of a stutterer.’
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