about\ one's\ ears
• about one's ears
• around one's ears
• bring down about one's ears
• bring down around one's ears
• pull down about one's ears
• pull down around one's ears
adv. phr.
To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person's plans, hopes, or happiness.

They planned to have factories all over the world but the war brought their plans down about their ears.

John hoped to go to college and become a great scientist some day, but when his father died he had to get a job, and John's dreams came crashing around his ears.

Compare: on one's head

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • about one's ears — Said of something falling around one (eg a building or missiles) (also figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑ear …   Useful english dictionary

  • about one's ears — or[around one s ears] {adv. phr.} To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person s plans, hopes, or happiness. * /They planned to have factories all over the world but the war brought their plans down about their… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • about one's ears — or[around one s ears] {adv. phr.} To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person s plans, hopes, or happiness. * /They planned to have factories all over the world but the war brought their plans down about their… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bring\ down\ about\ one's\ ears — • about one s ears • around one s ears • bring down about one s ears • bring down around one s ears • pull down about one s ears • pull down around one s ears adv. phr. To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pull\ down\ about\ one's\ ears — • about one s ears • around one s ears • bring down about one s ears • bring down around one s ears • pull down about one s ears • pull down around one s ears adv. phr. To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bring something about one's ears — bring something (down) about one s ears bring something, esp. misfortune, on oneself she brought her world crashing about her ears …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring down about one's ears — or[bring down around one s ears] See: ABOUT ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull down about one's ears — or[pull down around one s ears] See: ABOUT ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bring down about one's ears — or[bring down around one s ears] See: ABOUT ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull down about one's ears — or[pull down around one s ears] See: ABOUT ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

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