go in one ear and out the other

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go in one ear and out the other (third-person singular simple present goes in one ear and out the other, present participle going in one ear and out the other, simple past went in one ear and out the other, past participle gone in one ear and out the other)

  1. (idiomatic) To be heard but not attended to, when a person fails to pay attention.
    He told me who he saw, but it went in one ear and out the other.

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