perk (up) one's ears

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Definition of perk (up) one's ears

informal, chiefly US, of an animal
: to lift the ears in a quick or alert way The dog heard its name and perked (up) its ears. often used figuratively of a person I perked up my ears when I heard his name mentioned.

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“Perk (up) one's ears.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perk%20%28up%29%20one%27s%20ears. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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