hacerse el sordo

USAGE NOTE
This idiom may be literally translated as "to pretend to be deaf."
hacerse el sordo(
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sehr
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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (idiom) (not to pay attention)
a. to pretend not to hear
Cuando le pregunté a mi hijo que si tenía novia, se hizo el sordo.When I asked my son whether he had a girlfriend, he pretended not to hear.
b. to turn a deaf ear (idiom)
El gobierno se hizo el sordo ante las peticiones de las ONGs y no cejó en sus atropellos a los derechos humanos.The government turned a deaf ear to the NGOs' requests and didn't cease its human rights violations.
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