can somebody share with me their knowledge?

How to call in the best way the action of puting fingers in one's ears in order not to hear sth or sb.

I know there is "to plug one's ears" but I also have seen a sentence like this

" I was cupping my hands over my ears" which sounds a bit artificial to me.

Maybe, there is yet different way of saying this ?

  • Stop one's ears: oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/stop-one%27s-ears – user66974 Jun 2 '15 at 10:03
  • Be clear: Are you speaking of a motion to protect the person from loud noises, or a motion used by the person to indicate that he does not wish to hear what's being said? – Hot Licks Jun 2 '15 at 11:56
  • Motion used by the person to indicate that he does not wish to hear what's being said. – Justyna Nogala Jun 2 '15 at 12:02
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    Cupping your ears looks like this. It means using your hand to make a bigger trumpet for the ear, so you can hear better (not shut sound out). – FumbleFingers Jun 2 '15 at 12:10

A sudden, extremely loud noise, will usually elicit the reflex of raising the entire hand(s) to cover one's ears. After this initial reflex - if the noise continues - the fingers may be used more precisely to fill the various gaps.

The action of inserting the fingers directly into the ear canal requires a slower, more calculated movement - due to the risk of missing the target. It is usually done for emphasis, for example: to insult someone - and is usually referred to as "sticking one's fingers in one's ears."

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If you want the focus on "in order not to hear sth or sb" (like ignoring), not necessarily the physical action of it, I think, you can use "bury one's head in sand, " or "turn deaf ear."

Found them on Dictionary.com Thesaurus. (link: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/bury%20one's%20head%20in%20sand)

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