Meaning of ABOUT ONE'S EARS in English

ABOUT ONE'S EARS

adv. phr. To or into complete collapse, defeat, or ruin; to the destruction of a person's plans, hopes, or happiness. They planned to have factories all over the world but the war brought their plans down about their ears. John hoped to go to college and become a great scientist some day, but when his father died he had to get a job, and John's dreams came crashing around his ears.

Compare: ON ONE'S HEAD.

American idioms English vocabulary.      Английский словарь американских идиом.