turn a deaf ear to


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For if, as proverbial wisdom tells us, the prudent do not wantonly expose themselves to temptation, but turn a deaf ear to blandishments of all kinds, [27] it was just a matter of time before the classical tale was streamlined to say allegorically that wise Odysseus was himself deaf to the Sirens.
"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).