Walls have ears

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Walls have ears a proverbial phrase implying that there may be listeners behind the wall
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éare; cf. L. auris, Ger. ohr.

Usage

In literature:

Walls have ears, so I'll whisper.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
There, the very walls of this palace have ears!
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
You know the old saying: 'Walls have ears?
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
It is said that walls have ears.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
We are in King Henry's palace, where walls may have ears.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
Having reached the garden boundary undiscovered, he stole round it, crouching, with his ear to the wall.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Walls have ears, 244.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Walls have ears, you know, and those Jivros of yours look pretty shifty to me.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
Walls have eyes and ears.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Walls have ears, you know.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
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In poetry:

"I call on the souls who have left the light
To reveal their lot;
I bend mine ear to that wall of night,
And they answer not.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Just Pretend The Walls Have Ears .
The Walls Have Ears , and Eyes and Cameras.
Just Pretend The Walls Have Ears.
The man may think the walls have ears, but the man is running unopposed .
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