ear


ear
ear
W2S2 [ıə US ır] n
↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye
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1¦(part of your body)¦
2¦(hearing)¦
3¦(grain)¦
4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear
5
6 a sympathetic ear
7 close/shut your ears to something
8 be all ears
9 be out on your ear
10 be up to your ears in work/debt/problems etc
11 have something coming out (of) your ears
12 keep your/an ear to the ground
13 keep your ears open
14 go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other
15 give somebody a thick ear
16 have somebody's ear
17 play something by ear
18 somebody's ears are burning
19 somebody's ears are flapping
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[Sense: 1,2; Origin: Old English eare]
[Sense: 3; Origin: Old English ear]
1.) ¦(PART OF YOUR BODY)¦
one of the organs on either side of your head that you hear with
She tucked her hair behind her ears.
She's had her ears pierced (=small holes made in her ears in order to wear earrings) .
whisper/say (sth) in sb's ear
Lou turned to Mark and whispered something in his ear.
long-eared/short-eared etc
a long-eared rabbit
inner/middle ear
(=the parts inside your ear which you use to hear sounds)
2.) ¦(HEARING)¦
used to talk about hearing
to sb's ears
It sounds odd to the ears of an ordinary English speaker.
I just wondered if the rumour had reached your ears (=if you had heard it) .
prick (up) your ears atprick1 (5)
3.) ¦(GRAIN)¦
the top part of a plant such as wheat that produces grain
ear of
an ear of corn
4.) smile/grin etc from ear to ear
to show that you are very happy or pleased by smiling a lot
She came out of his office, beaming from ear to ear.
5.) [singular]
the ability to learn music, copy sounds etc
ear for
She has no ear for languages at all.
a good ear for dialogue
6.) a sympathetic ear
used to say that someone listens sympathetically to what someone is saying
He's always prepared to lend a sympathetic ear .
7.) close/shut your ears to sth
to refuse to listen to bad or unpleasant news
You can't just close your ears to their warnings.
turn a deaf ear atdeaf, fall on deaf ears atdeaf
8.) be all ears informal
to be very keen to hear what someone is going to tell you
As soon as I mentioned money, Karen was all ears.
9.) be out on your ear informal
to be forced to leave a job, organization etc, especially because you have done something wrong
You'd better start working harder, or you'll be out on your ear.
10.) be up to your ears in work/debt/problems etc
to have a lot of work etc
11.) have sth coming out (of) your ears informal
to have too much of something
We've got pumpkins coming out our ears this time of year.
12.) keep your/an ear to the ground
to make sure that you always know what is happening in a situation
13.) keep your ears open
to always be listening in order to find out what is happening or to hear some useful information
I hope you'll all keep your eyes and ears open for anything unusual.
14.) go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other informal
if information goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you have heard it
I don't know why I tell her anything. It just goes in one ear and out the other.
15.) give sb a thick ear
BrE informal to hit someone on the ear
Behave yourself or I'll give you a thick ear!
16.) have sb's ear
to be trusted by someone so that they will listen to your advice, opinions etc
He claimed to have the ear of several top ministers.
17.) play sth by ear
to play music that you have heard without having to read written music
play it by ear atplay1 (11)
18.) sb's ears are burning
used to say that someone thinks that people are talking about them
19.) sb's ears are flapping
BrE spoken used to say that someone is trying to listen to your private conversation
→↑dog-eared
bend sb's ear atbend1 (7)
send sb off with a flea in their ear atflea
make a pig's ear of atpig1 (5)
wet behind the ears atwet1 (7)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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