tune out

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tune out definition


  1. in.
    to begin to ignore everything. : The entire class had tuned out, so no one heard the teacher ask the question.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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tune (so/sth) out definition


  1. tv.
    to ignore or disregard someone or something. : I managed to tune out the constant clamor in the streets.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

tune out

  1. Adjust a receiver so as not to receive a signal, as in Let's tune out all this interference. [Early 1900s]

  2. Dissociate oneself from one's surroundings; also, disregard, ignore. For example, The average reader, used to seeing lots of color images, tunes out when confronted with big blocks of text, or Some mothers are expert at tuning out the children's whining and quarreling. [1920s] For an antonym, see tune in.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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