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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THERESA May showed her tin ear by messing up her message to the country in her TV address on Wednesday.
While the increase may be justified by Boeing's profits, the announcement's timing and tone demonstrates the tin ear for politics and public relations that characterizes much of corporate America.
By threatening school heads who dare to criticise Tory austerity, gruesome Scrooge Philip Hammond shows he is a Tory villain with a heavy hand and tin ear.
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'Commonwealth Bank turned a tin ear to external voices and community expectations about fair treatment.'
What's most surprising is that they let me do it again, as in I did it last year and they let me do it again this year, which either means my tin ear has been sufficiently camouflaged or the Dodgers aren't overrun with volunteers.
That the British Government had such a tin ear for the constitutional geography of the United Kingdom that they were willing to isolate Northern Ireland in alignment with the EU while leaving Scotland, Wales and London screaming for the same thing is testimony to the shallow pool of talent and experience steering Downing Street through these troubled waters.
Last, I lobbied the FAA department responsible for this safety area and was met with a tin ear and total insensitivity to the points I explained here.
"None of us should have a tin ear to the public's view about a number of issues, including superannuation," Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told the Daily Telegraph newspaper, referring to proposals on tax breaks for pensions.
Either Osborne has a tin ear or he's so busy justifying the indefensible he's lost the plot.
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.