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Fruity
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:18:36 AM

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talk someone's ear off
to talk to someone endlessly; to bore someone with too much talk.
My aunt always talks my ear off when she comes to visit.
Stay away from Mr. Jones. He will talk your ear off if he gets a chance.


Do British English speakers say "talk someone's head off" instead?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:53:34 AM

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Fruity wrote:
talk someone's ear off
to talk to someone endlessly; to bore someone with too much talk.
My aunt always talks my ear off when she comes to visit.
Stay away from Mr. Jones. He will talk your ear off if he gets a chance.


Do British English speakers say "talk someone's head off" instead?


I would not, " talking a persons ear off "expresses the idea of overuse of the organ that is used to listen with, it has been used so much it comes loose from its original place.
We don't use the head to listen to someone talking, it's our ears so it is these that fall off.
towan52
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:19:38 PM
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Fairly common BE expression, "He could talk the hind leg off a donkey."
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Fruity
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:07:10 PM

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Thanks for the replies, everyone!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:51:04 AM

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Hi Fruity.

It must be regional.
In Lancashire (northern England), where I grew up, it was always "talk someone's head off".
I just checked with a Scotsman - he uses "head" as well.

talk sb's head off
UK informal (US talk sb's ear off)

to talk to someone for a long time, usually loudly:
She talked my head off.

Cambridge English Dictionary

The Oxford doesn't have either - it only has "talk the hind leg off a donkey".
Fruity
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 10:37:47 PM

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Thanks so much, Drag0nspeaker.
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