Definition of listen with half an ear in English:

listen with half an ear

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  • Not give one's full attention.

    ‘throughout the meeting Bobby only had listened with half an ear’
    • ‘As they walked off to start their shift, Janey was listening with half an ear to Debi's chatter.’
    • ‘Patrick listened and laughed in the appropriate places, but he only listened with half an ear.’
    • ‘Tand yawned, as he listened with half an ear to the goings on.’
    • ‘I watch Claire relate everything to boats and watch you all listen with half an ear.’
    • ‘Midori watched the room warily, only listening with half an ear as she scanned the crowd.’
    • ‘‘I don't know why you do this to yourself every year,’ Claire was saying as I listened with half an ear.’
    • ‘‘Oh, my, this is interesting,’ said Maria, who had been listening with half an ear until now.’
    • ‘He listened with half an ear as everyone was talking about their professions.’
    • ‘She listened with half an ear while she surveyed her surroundings with boredom.’
    • ‘Michaela only listened with half an ear until she heard Aiden ask her, ‘Michaela, what do you usually do on your birthday?’’