fall on deaf ears

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fall on deaf ears (third-person singular simple present falls on deaf ears, present participle falling on deaf ears, simple past fell on deaf ears, past participle fallen on deaf ears)

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) Of a request, complaint, statement, etc, to be ignored.
    Every time I ask him to do something for me, it falls on deaf ears.
    • 2020 June 17, Christian Wolmar, “The strategy of 'don't use the railways' must be reversed...”, in Rail, page 44:
      My earlier warnings, both in RAIL and in an article I wrote for The Times, have not fallen on deaf ears. There are many people (I suspect most) in the [rail] industry who recognise that telling people not to use their trains will cause lasting damage, but they are silenced publicly because they are now taking the Government's shilling.

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