Definition of listen with half an ear in English:

listen with half an ear

Not give one’s full attention.
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  • Midori watched the room warily, only listening with half an ear as she scanned the crowd.
  • ‘Oh, my, this is interesting,’ said Maria, who had been listening with half an ear until now.
  • As they walked off to start their shift, Janey was listening with half an ear to Debi's chatter.
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