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 the current situation or the subtleties of a craft; indifference to somebody else's attitudes and moods.


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