tin ear

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  1. an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
  2. an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.
  3. cauliflower ear.

Origin of tin ear

First recorded in 1915–20
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