pricked up one's ears

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past tense of prick up one's ears
as in listened
to pay attention especially through the act of hearing He pricked up his ears when he heard us discussing pizza for dinner.

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“Pricked up one's ears.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pricked%20up%20one%27s%20ears. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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