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Idiom – At have en pind i øret
Meaning – To not listen to someone
English idiom – we do not have a corresponding idiom for this Danish expression, but if we want someone to listen carefully we can say “pin your ears back” which means “listen closely”.
A lot of Danish idioms will sound familiar to us – “not the sharpest knife in the drawer”, for instance. But Danes would “go absolutely cucumber” at you if you were to “have a stick in your ear”. This means to not listen to someone, which can be a very bad thing to do to somebody with a strong Viking ancestry.