Listening willing, waiting for an explanation
- All ears were cocked for the footsteps on the stairs.
Lend an ear
Listen (to someone with sympathy)
- Claire’s always one to lend a sympathetic ear if you have problems.
Give someone an earful
Angrily express an opinion to someone
- If he bothers you again I’ll give him an earful.
Play it by ear
To respond to circumstances instead of having a fixed plan
- We can’t make a decision yet. Let’s just play it by ear.
I’m all ears
You have my attention, so you should talk
- I’m all ears – tell us what they had to say.
The walls have ears
We may be overheard; be careful what you say
- He knows that walls have ears and that ill deeds rebound back.
That’s music to my ears
I am very happy to hear this
- The name of the horse Robert bad bet on was called out as the winner. “Ah, ” he said, “that’s music to my ears! ”
Wet behind the ears
Inexperienced, immature, new to something
- You shouldn’t judge his mistakes too harshly, as he’s still wet behind the ears.