Have itching ears

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Have itching ears to be desirous of hearing novelties (2 Tim. iv. 3)
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

His ears have catched the itch of his tongue, and though he scratch them, like a beast with his hoof, he finds a pleasure in it.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
But "itching ears" have misled many of those, who "are moved away from the hope of the gospel.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
They itch at his ears, they have flavor and reality.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
People have itching ears that will not endure sound doctrine.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Some people have itching ears for something new.
"Wondrous Love" by Dwight Moody
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In news:

A man whose ear had itched for two months turned out to have mites crawling in his ear canal, a new case report says.
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