tin ear

an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.


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tin ear

1. an inability to distinguish differences in pitch [syn: tone deafness
2. insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language; "he has a tin ear for dialogue" 
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Example sentences
Some writers have a tin ear when it comes to sliding a quotation nicely into a
Unfortunately, he will pay a large price for his political tin ear.
Conversely, he has also retained his tin ear for politics.
The right-wing jingoist who modified a perfectly good piece also had a tin ear.
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