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tin ear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tin ear insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language "he has a tin ear for dialogue"
    • n tin ear an inability to distinguish differences in pitch
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Usage

In literature:

At first no sound reached his ears; then from the kitchen below came the clatter of brisk feet and the rattle of tins and crockery.
"Just David" by Eleanor H. Porter
Wherefore, the L. A. P. was on its tin ear.
"The Trail of the White Mule" by B. M. Bower
The children pricked their ears at the sudden blare of a tin trumpet, the squeaking of a mechanical doll.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
Each man bent his tin cup of an ear to catch it.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
And the edges of the tin catch on her ears just as yours were caught, Freddie.
"The Bobbsey Twins at Home" by Laura Lee Hope
The squaws would often have ear rings made of wire with three cornered pieces of tin dangling all around their ears.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Then, an evil smile on her dark face, she placed her ear to the side of the tin and listened.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
Sure the missus'll put a tin ear on ye, if she catches ye in the cellar in yer collars an' all!
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
The din created by the sudden fall of the bunch of tin pans was still ringing in their ears.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
It caused his two red ears to stick out stiffly, as if they were made of tin.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane
Now git out o' the way o' the dust, all of yez, or I'll put a tin ear on ye!
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
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In poetry:

But waked, and heard my own voice tinly screaming
In the whorled and whirling valleys of the ear,
And beat the savage bed back in my fear,
And crawled, unheroed, down those cliffs of dreaming.
"Hero" by Paul Engle

In news:

My wife says I'm tone deaf, a tin ear in a family of vocal divas.
The Internet as the toy with a tin ear and a wooden tongue.
He's known for cornball jokes and has a tendency to display a political tin ear.
How Paul Ryan Corrects Romney's Tin Ear .
Tin Cup and a tin ear .
Robyn Gallitto's political tin ear .
Tinnitus (TIN-IT-US) is the sensation of hearing a ringing or buzzing in the ears when there is no external source of the sound.
Tinnitus (TIN-IT-US) is commonly called 'ringing in the ears,' although it can also take the form of buzzing, hissing or any number of sounds.
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