Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(my) ears are burning

ears are burningmy ears are burning
Meaning(s)
1) have or express the feeling that others are talking about you
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • Are you talking about me? My ears are burning!
  • Analysis
    If you say that your ‘ears are burning’ it is an idiomatic expression meaning that you have the feeling someone is talking about you. This can have a positive or negative connotation in that someone might be saying good or bad things about you. This is a popular idiom used in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I bet Frank's ears are burning right now! Everyone's talking about his antics at the party last night.
    2. Are you guys talking about me? My ears are burning!
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. All this talk about how great Emma is after securing that contract. Her ears must be burning!
    2. The CEO's ears must be burning after all the talk of her decision in the media over the past week.
    3. Your ears must be burning. We were all just saying what a great job you did finalising that sale.
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