Meaning of tin ear

tin' ear'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
  2. an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.
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