strain one's ears

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of strain one's ears

:to try very hard to hear
  • I strained my ears to hear what they were whispering.

Word by Word Definitions

strain play
  1. : lineage, ancestry

  2. : a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions

  3. : kind, sort

  1. : to draw tight : cause to fit firmly

  2. : to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

  3. : to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

  1. : an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as

  2. : bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

  3. : excessive or difficult exertion or labor

ear play ears
  1. : the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. : any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  3. : the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. : the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. : to form ears in growing


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