Definition of turn a deaf ear in English:

turn a deaf ear

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Definition of turn a deaf ear in English:

turn a deaf ear

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  • Refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request.

    ‘he turned a deaf ear to all appeals’
    • ‘In her complaint to the SSP, Ms Suman alleged that the despite repeated representations the local police turned a deaf ear to their grievances.’
    • ‘When environmental concerns were initially raised, early on, Government turned a deaf ear.’
    • ‘Like any parent whose pockets are empty, I turned a deaf ear.’
    • ‘You turned a deaf ear to the worldwide protests.’
    • ‘But no matter how many warning signs have been flashed-up and alarm bells rung up the Government is hell bent on on closing its eyes and turning a deaf ear.’
    • ‘In spite of this, I sometimes feel like turning a deaf ear to their words, because often mindless politicians are not prudent when they make speeches in public.’
    • ‘When the property management company turned a deaf ear to residents' advice, residents refused to pay the fees.’
    • ‘On this occasion, the Coalition has turned a deaf ear to the advice of the Attorney General and an independent legal expert, both of whom believe it to be unconstitutional.’
    • ‘The bishop has turned a deaf ear to their repeated pleas to him to reverse this decision.’
    • ‘While society turns a deaf ear to such helpless women, it gives full credence to unmarried females who are at liberty to decide the fates of innocent males.’
    • ‘The Minister is turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the people on the ground who know first hand what the situation is.’
    • ‘Ever get the feeling our Prime Minister just turns a deaf ear whenever he's given information that doesn't fit neatly with his politics?’
    • ‘She just accepted what the book said about how to feed our daughter, and turned a deaf ear to me, even if the hungry baby was crying for milk.’
    • ‘But the banking industry is apparently turning a deaf ear to the central bank's call as bank lending still stood high at around 17 percent to 18 percent.’
    • ‘Her efforts to find her son a permanent job even as a peon have been futile; the block development officer turns a deaf ear to her requests, she says.’
    • ‘Not only was the boss unaware of the fact, but he turned a deaf ear to the numerous warnings of his editorial team and promoted the young journalist to the prestigious national reporting staff.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is, this administration has turned a deaf ear to the industrial heartland.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, these same people can turn a deaf ear when forced to listen to someone else's point of view.’
    • ‘The federation spokesman today said it had to go ahead with the agitation as the government has turned a deaf ear to the demands of the doctors, who have repeatedly drawn attention to these demands for the past three years.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, despite the protests that women's organisations have made over the years, successive governments seem to have turned a deaf ear to their pleas.’
    ignore, disregard, brush aside, shrug off, set aside, pass over, let pass, let go, overlook, look the other way, pretend not to notice
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