tune out
verb Date: 1908 transitive verb to become unresponsive to ; ignore intransitive verb to dissociate oneself from what is happening or one's surroundings

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  • tune out — {v. phr.} To not listen to something. * / How can you work in such a noisy environment? Jane asked Sue. Well, I simply tune it out, she answered./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tune out — {v. phr.} To not listen to something. * / How can you work in such a noisy environment? Jane asked Sue. Well, I simply tune it out, she answered./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tune out — (someone/something) to stop paying attention to someone or something. Beverly always tunes out in the middle of her music lesson. He s been tuning me out ever since I tried to talk to him about his drinking …   New idioms dictionary

  • tune out — transitive verb : to become unresponsive to : ignore the children tuned out their mother s commands intransitive verb : to dissociate oneself from what is happening * * * tune out 1. To adjust (a radio, etc) so as to eliminate (a sound, frequency …   Useful english dictionary

  • tune out — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms tune out : present tense I/you/we/they tune out he/she/it tunesout present participle tuningout past tense tunedout past participle tunedout informal to stop paying attention I just tune out and… …   English dictionary

  • tune out — PHRASAL VERB If you tune out, you stop listening or paying attention to what is being said. [V P] Whatever you re talking about, children rapidly tune out if you go beyond them... [V P n (not pron)] Rose heard the familiar voice, but tuned out… …   English dictionary

  • tune\ out — v. phr. To not listen to something. How can you work in such a noisy environment? Jane asked Sue. Well, I simply tune it out, she answered …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tune out — informal stop paying attention. → tune …   English new terms dictionary

  • tune out — verb a) To fail to pay attention to; to ignore. I have a hard time tuning out a television that is on. b) To change the channel or frequency away from. I was tired of talk radio so I tuned out of that station and tuned into one playing all music …   Wiktionary

  • tune out — in. to begin to ignore everything. □ I got bored and tuned out. □ The entire class had tuned out, so no one heard the teacher ask the question …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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