ear idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the body part ‘ear’.
- all ears
meaning – ready and eager to listen
example – I’ve got a proposition for you, when you’re all ears, I’ll begin.
- ears are burning
meaning – the feeling when someone is talking about you
example – I bet your ears were burning earlier, I heard a girl taking about you.
- fall on deaf ears
meaning – be ignored by the people you want to listen to you
example – Her cries for help fell on deaf ears, everyone walked on by.
- go in one ear and out the other
meaning – something is heard then forgotten
example – Teenagers are useless. Anything I tell my two goes in one ear and out the other.
- keep one’s ear to the ground
meaning – listen for information or gossip
example – I’m not sure when the tickets go on sale, I’ll keep my ear to the ground.
- make a pig’s ear of something
meaning – make a complete mess of something
example – My wife always makes a right pig’s ear of the dinner.
- music to one’s ears
meaning – hear a piece of information that makes you happy/excited
example – My attacker has been caught and locked up, it’s music to my ears.
- not believe one’s ears
meaning – you don’t believe or are shocked by something you hear
example – We couldn’t believe our ears when the doctor told us we were expecting triplets.
- out on one’s ear
meaning – forced to leave a job or the place where you live
example – Danny stole from my company so he’s out on his ear.
- play it by ear
meaning – don’t follow a plan, deal with things as they happen
example – I’m not sure who should run with the project, we’ll just play it by ear.
- up to one’s ears/eyes/eyeballs/neck
meaning – extremely busy
example – Josh is up to his neck in boxes. He’s moving tomorrow so he can’t come out.
- wet behind the ears
meaning – immature, naive, inexperienced
example – The new apprentice is a little wet behind the ears, but he’ll be great in a few months.
ear idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.