All Ears (to be)

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Meaning of Idiom 'All Ears'

To be all ears means to be listening closely; to be eager to hear something; to play close attention when being told something or to be willing to pay close attention.

Usage

The most common use of the idiom is in the phrase "I'm all ears."

Examples:

"I heard you had an idea for the project. I'm all ears."

"The children were barely paying attention until the teacher mentioned watching a movie during the next class. Then, they were all ears."

"You have news about Sarah? I'm all ears."

Origin

Used since the late 1700's.

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