in one ear and out the other

Quickly forgotten, as in Their advice to her just went in one ear and out the other. This expression, a proverb in John Heywood's 1546 collection, conjures up a graphic image of sound traveling through one's head. [Late 1300s]


Nearby words

  1. in nothing flat,
  2. in omnia paratus,
  3. in on, be,
  4. in one blow,
  5. in one breath,
  6. in one fell swoop,
  7. in one piece,
  8. in one stroke,
  9. in one's,
  10. in one's behalf

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