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Ear. (Anglo-Saxon, eáre.)

A deaf ear. One that refuses to listen; as if it heard not.

Bow down Thine ear. Condescend to hear or listen. (Ps. xxxi. 2.).

By ear. To sing or play by ear means to sing or play without knowledge of musical notes, depending on the ear only.

Give ear to … Listen to; give attention to.

I am all ear. All attention.        

“I was all ear,


And took in strains that might create a soul

Under the ribs of death.”


Míltôn: Comus, 574.

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Iʹll send you off wïth a fleà in your ear. With a cuff or box of the ear. The allusion is to domestic animals, who are sometimes greatly annoyed with these “tiny torments.” There seems also to be a pun implied—flea and flee.

⁂ The French equivalent is “Mettre la puce à lʹoreille,” to give one a good jobation.

In at one ear, and out at the other. Forgotten as soon as heard.

No ear. A bad ear for musical intonations; “ear-blind” or “sound-blind.”

Dionysius’s Ear. A bell-shaped chamber connected by an underground passage with the king’s palace. Its object was that the tyrant of Syracuse might overhear whatever was passing in the prison.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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