Not to pay any serious attention to something, ignore something without turning any ear to it


  • This ancient phrase came from ancient Roman orator Quintilian, in first century A.D, who phrased it in Latin “The things he says flow right through the ears”. In 14th Century, famous English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and many other great writers grasped this phrase and used it in different versions. Later in 16th century, in old English, people used “Went in tone ear and out at the other’. Off course, in reality nothing happens as such, not even air can pass from one ear to another but today the phrase is used to refer a person who does not pay attention to what he is told, as words entered in one ear and out the other without staying in the brain to consider.

I asked my friend to lend me notes so that I could prepare my exam well but my request went in one ear and out the other.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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يدخل في أذن ويخرج من الأخرى

jedním uchem tam a druhým ven

in ein Ohr und aus dem anderen

στο ένα αυτί και έξω από το άλλο

Entra por un oído y sale por el otro

toisessa korvassa ja toisessa ulos

dans une oreille et sur l'autre


한쪽 귀와 다른 쪽 귀

in alio divisimus aures

em uma orelha e sai pela outra

в одно ухо и в другое



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