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聞き耳を立てる

Meaning

聞き耳を立てる ききみみをたてる
Expressions (phrases, clauses, etc.)
Ichidan verb
  • to prick up one's ears and listen
  • to listen attentively

Translations

  • cock the ears
  • cock up one's ears
  • prick one's ears
  • prick up one's ears 【自動】eavesdrop 【他動】earhole〈英俗〉

Kanji

    • onyomiリツリュウリットル
    • kunyomiた.つ-た.つた.ち-た.てる-た.てるた.て-たて--た.て-だ.て-だ.てる
    • meaningstand up; rise; set up; erect

Sentences

  • Japanese 人が何かを率直に言うと、アメリカ人たちは、聞き耳を立てる
    English Americans are all ears when people say something.

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