1.go in one ear and out the other
My repeated warnings to her went in one ear and out the other.
What the teacher says often goes in one ear and out the other.
Whatever you say to him goes in one ear and out the other.
That rubbish goes in one ear and out the other.
Everything I tell them just goes in one ear and out the other.
2. have sb’s ear
have the ear of sb
What he says is probably true because he has the ear of the queen.
He had the ear of the monarch.
3. shut/close your ears to sth
turn a deaf ear to
She decided to shut her ears to all the rumours.
We closed our ears to their complaints.
She shut her ears to all the advice of her friends.
He shut his ears to all appeals for help.
He closed his ears to anything said by his teachers.
He turned a deaf ear to his teachers’ words.
He turned a deaf ear to the instruction given by his teacher.
He turned a deaf ear to criticism.
I didn’t expect him to turn a deaf ear to his comrades’ criticism.
Men are awake enough to their own interests, who turn a deaf ear to their friends’ distress.
He turned a deaf ear to my advice.
He simply turned a deaf ear to my words.
Many other countries have turned a deaf ear to their cries for help.
He has turned a resolutely deaf ear to American demands for action.
He always turns a deaf ear to other people’s criticism.