preach to deaf ears

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preach to deaf ears (third-person singular simple present preaches to deaf ears, present participle preaching to deaf ears, simple past and past participle preached to deaf ears)

  1. (idiomatic) To attempt to persuade a party that does not wish to listen or cannot be altered in its conviction.
    • 2002, Edward M. Bennet, Separated by a Common Language: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Anglo-American Relations, 1933-1939, Writers Club Press, →ISBN, page 126:
      Roosevelt was tired of preaching to deaf ears. He was ready to try something else.

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