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    #1

    perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    Hello.

    Is the expression "perk up one's ears", as in 'Perk up your ears for the next dialogue', American English?

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    Re: perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    The expression is heard in AmE. See an example here.

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    Re: perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    I've only heard it with "prick up".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    It's also used to describe some dog breeds.

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    Re: perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    Search for a previous - lengthier and more detailed - discussion on exactly this point.

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    Re: perk up one's ears/prick up one's ears

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Search for a previous - lengthier and more detailed - discussion on exactly this point.
    No need to search- the discussions are listed in Similar Threads at the bottom of the page.

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