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rabbit ears

an indoor television antenna consisting of two telescoping, swivel-based aerials.
Sports Slang. acute sensitivity to gibes, insults, or sarcasm:
Players with rabbit ears are the favorite targets of bench jockeys.
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First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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rabbit ears

noun phrase

  1. A V-shaped television antenna (mid-1960s+)
  2. Exceptionally keen hearing: He was a terrific umpire, although he had one of the worst cases of rabbit ears I've ever seen (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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