tin ear


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tin ear

n. Informal
An insensitivity to music or to sounds of a given kind: a writer with a tin ear for dialogue.

tin′ ear′


n.
1. an insensitivity to or inability to distinguish differences in musical sound.
2. an insensitivity to subtlety in verbal expression.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tin ear - an inability to distinguish differences in pitchtin ear - an inability to distinguish differences in pitch
deafness, hearing loss - partial or complete loss of hearing
2.tin ear - insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language; "he has a tin ear for dialogue"
insensitiveness, insensitivity - the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
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DAVID Cameron has a tin ear if he can't hear the mounting fury against Tory pay cuts for millions of middle and low-earning strivers in the UK.
But if I could shout in their tin ear - Scots will ask these questions anyway.
My major difficulty with the new selfcheckout voice is that it sounds, to my tin ear, like the man who narrated the Protect And Survive public information films.
My major difficulty with the new self-checkout voice is that it sounds, to my tin ear, like the man who narrated the Protect And Survive public information films.
Nationally, the TUC provides a voice in the political system for the interests of workers, although the current government often has a tin ear to such representations.
For a man so tuned in to making money, he certainly has a tin ear when it comes to football mangers.
But a tin ear for racism is commonplace in Oregon, a state whose well-documented racist history is the prime cause of the state's continuing problems with minorities.
It wasn't the first evidence, or even the strongest evidence, of the lieutenant governor's tin ear.
But early in the campaign the multimillionaire businessman demonstrated a tin ear with a string of wealth-related gaffes -- including challenging Texas Governor Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet during a debate -- that made it all too easy for opponents to portray him as out of touch with ordinary Americans.
Both political parties have had a tin ear to the plight of America's kids -- and their parents -- who have gone to the effort and expense to gain a college education but encountered an economy unable to use them," commented Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, a non-partisan grassroots organization with more than 1.
The Labour leader said: "The Government has dragged its feet, has nodded this bonus through, and I think we have seen that they have got a completely tin ear when it comes to understanding what people are feeling.
There is a level of frustration that remuneration committees are developing a tin ear and don't see high levels of voting dissent as something to be concerned about," she added.