All Ears (to be)

Meaning of Idiom ‘All Ears’

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



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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.”

All ears idiom meaning

 

Origin

Used since the late 1700’s.

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