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Put one's fingers in one's ears to avoid hearing something.‘I stopped my ears but I still heard her cry’
- ‘Nevertheless, when that outlandish bird, attacked by the cat, shrieked for help in human accents, she ran out into the yard stopping her ears, and did not prevent the crime.’
- ‘The tales of rape, humiliation, physical and mental torture pour out until you want to cover your eyes and stop your ears.’
- ‘When my open-minded father learned Spanish, I stopped my ears when he played his language tapes and repeated perro 20 times.’
- ‘As I listened to Burk and the gruesome passages from the letters he could apparently quote from memory, I struggled against an inner shudder, a shiver somewhere between disgust and horror, against the reflex to stop my ears.’
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