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turn a deaf ear

Definition of turn a deaf ear in English:

Refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request: he turned a deaf ear to all appeals
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  • 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.
  • Unfortunately, these same people can turn a deaf ear when forced to listen to someone else's point of view.
  • When the property management company turned a deaf ear to residents' advice, residents refused to pay the fees.
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