turn a deaf ear
Refuse to listen, as in You can plead all day but he's turning a deaf ear to everyone. This expression dates from the first half of the 1400s and was in most proverb collections from 1546 on. Also see fall on deaf ears.
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
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