| all ears||To say that you are all ears means that you are listening very attentively.|
Of course I want to know – I’m all ears!
|fall on deaf ears||If something such as a suggestion or a request falls on deaf ears,it is ignored.|
I told him not to take any risks, but my advice fell on deaf ears.
|grin from ear to ear||If somebody is grinning from ear to ear, they look very satisfied and happy.|
When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed the exam.
|keep your ear to the ground||If you keep your ear to the ground, you make sure that you are aware of all that is happening and being said.|
We don’t know what has been decided, but Jack is keeping his ear to the ground!
|lend an ear||If you lend an ear to someone, you listen carefully and sympathetically.|
The best person to talk to is Jenny. She’s always ready to lend an ear.
|make one’s ears burn||If something makes your ears burn, you are embarrassed by what you hear, especially if the conversation is about you.|
The comments I overheard made my ears burn.
|music to your ears||If something is music to your ears, the information that you receive makes you feel very happy.|
His compliments were music to my ear.
|prick up your ears||If you prick up your ears, you suddenly pay attention to what is being said.|
The children pricked up their ears when they heard the word ‘ice-cream’.
|turn a deaf ear||If you turn a deaf ear to something, you refuse to listen.|
Sam turned a deaf ear to his wife’s advice and went off in the rain without an umbrella.
|play by ear||To play by ear means to improvise or act without preparation, according to the demands of the situation.|
(Music : to play by remembering the tune, without printed music.)
It’s hard to know how the situation will develop. Let’s just play it by ear.