turn a deaf ear to

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Lenders are the gatekeepers of the development process; they must have the fiscal strength to turn a deaf ear to the siren song of the developer," he says.
Wallace argues that for Chaucer and for England, Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II, "symbolized a historical alternative to the polity pursued by 'tyraunts of Lumbardye,' a form of rule where masculine 'wilfulhede' and self-aggrandizement turn a deaf ear to the moderating persuasions embodied in the person of an eloquent wife" (377).