Well, this time this question is quite hard for me to ask. The title is rather self-explanatory, and I just bring an example up.

Why do you always [...] (your ear) when someone tells you the truth?

  • I'm looking for a verb instead of the phrase "put your hands on"

You may find this picture handy (though I mean someone puts both hands on his ears):

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    The first word came to my mind: cover. Jan 9, 2015 at 7:25
  • I agree with @DamkerngT. Another option might be blocking: The girl is blocking her ears.
    – J.R.
    Jan 9, 2015 at 10:28
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    The verb is: Lalalalalalalalalala Jan 9, 2015 at 10:59

1 Answer 1


Exactly. Damkerng nails it.

I often use the phrase while speaking to my daughter sarcastically... `cover your ears, I'm gonna tell you the bitter truth!'.

We generally use 'covering our senses' so as to avoid having the perceptions they are meant for.

Why do you cover your ears (with your hands) when someone tells you the truth?

Worth to note that even if you say, 'cover your ears' it includes covering with hands!

MM has an entry

cover (#1b) - to put your hands over your eyes, ears ... etc.

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