a sympathetic ear

someone who is willing to listen to someone else's problems

If you need a sympathetic ear, I'm available.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • sympathetic ear —    a self righteous person forcing his attention on those suffering a misfortune    Literally, someone prepared to listen with sympathy:     No tragedy is too immense and no personal anxiety too insignificant to be absorbed by Britain s vast… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • (a) sympathetic ear — a sympathetic ear phrase someone who is willing to listen to someone else’s problems If you need a sympathetic ear, I’m available. Thesaurus: someone who is kind, generous or helpfulsynonym Main entry: sympathetic …   Useful english dictionary

  • ear — W2S2 [ıə US ır] n ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your body)¦ 2¦(hearing)¦ 3¦(grain)¦ 4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear 5 6 a sympathetic ear 7 close/shut your ears to something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ear — Ⅰ. ear [1] ► NOUN 1) the organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates. 2) the fleshy external part of this organ. 3) (in other animals) an organ sensitive to sound. 4) an ability to recognize and appreciate music or language. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • ear — noun 1 part of the body ADJECTIVE ▪ left, right ▪ inner, middle ▪ external, outer ▪ big …   Collocations dictionary

  • sympathetic — adjective 1 willing to try to understand someone else s problems and give them any help they need: You re not being very sympathetic, Joan. | a sympathetic ear (=willingness to listen to someone else s problems): Paul s great if you need a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ˌsımpəˈθetık] adj 1.) caring and feeling sorry about someone s problems ▪ a sympathetic friend ▪ a sympathetic attitude sympathetic to/towards ▪ I m sympathetic to parents who are worried about what their children see on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ear — [[t]ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ ears 1) N COUNT Your ears are the two parts of your body, one on each side of your head, with which you hear sounds. He whispered something in her ear... I m having my ears pierced. 2) N SING: with supp, usu N for n If you… …   English dictionary

  • sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ ,sımpə θetık ] adjective ** 1. ) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel: You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2. ) supporting a plan, action, or person:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sympathetic */*/ — UK [ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] / US adjective 1) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2) supporting a plan, action, or person sympathetic to/towards:… …   English dictionary

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