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tin ear

noun
1.
an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
2.
an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression:
a tin ear for clear, precise prose.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples from the web for tin ear
  • Some writers have a tin ear when it comes to sliding a quotation nicely into a sentence.
  • 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.
  • It has proven once again that it has a tin ear when it comes to our public lands.
Slang definitions & phrases for tin ear

tin ear

noun phrase

Unselective and unmusical hearing; auditory tastelessness: He sometimes has a tin ear for dialogue/ I have a tin ear (1909+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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