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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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tin

noun
  1. A police officer's badge; potsy: Boone had to flash his tin (1949+ Police)
  2. A few grains of cocaine (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. Money (1836+)

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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