tin ear

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tin ear (plural tin ears)

  1. (idiomatic) Insensitivity to and inability to appreciate the elements of performed music or the rhythm, elegance, or nuances of language.
    • 1973, Thomas Cable, "A Garland of Pomposities: Comment on Halle-Keyser Prosody," College English, vol. 34, no. 4, p. 593:
      Despite their careless scholarship and a less tangible quality that some would call a tin ear for poetry, Morris Halle and S. J. Keyser, as metrists, have the considerable virtue of explicitness.
  2. (idiomatic) Insensitivity to the nuances of current situation or subtleties of a craft; indifference to somebody else's attitudes and moods.


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