[Idiom] To singe their ears

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That link doesn't have the phrase (except in the search box), but that expression usually means 'give them something disturbing/shocking/exciting to listen to'.

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That link doesn't have the phrase (except in the search box), but that expression usually means 'give them something disturbing/shocking/exciting to listen to'.

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I am not sure why you could not find the phrase because It still works for me. Thank you for your input anyway.
 

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Another possible meaning - less likely in the context - is 'shoot at them and just miss, so that the bullet passes close enough to singe their ears'.

(I blame this computer for the dysfunctional link. I hate it. ;-))

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At least in the USA, there is an old superstition that our ears "burn" if someone speaks poorly about us (criticizing us). A friend may tell you in jest, "I bet your ears were burning last night. Jack and I were talking about you."

I understand "to singe their ears" to mean he wanted to say bad things about them.
 
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