(as) deaf as a post

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British pronunciation/az ɔː dˈɛf az ɐ pˈəʊst/
American pronunciation/æz ɔːɹ dˈɛf æz ɐ pˈoʊst/
(as) deaf as a post
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completely lacking the ability to hear sounds

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(as|) deaf as a post definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "deaf as a post" and when to use it?

The expression 'deaf as a post' is a figurative idiom that originated from the comparison to a post, an inanimate object incapable of auditory perception. This comparison emphasizes the extreme level of deafness being conveyed and is used to describe someone with significant hearing impairment or complete inability to hear. The phrase 'deaf as a post' is considered old-fashioned in its usage and, while still understood by some, is not commonly used in modern everyday conversations.

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Despite his friends shouting his name repeatedly, Mark remained oblivious, completely deaf as a post to their calls for attention.
He was as deaf as a post and relied on subtitles to follow the dialogue.
He was as deaf as a post and relied on subtitles to follow the dialogue.
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