tune out

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From tune + out.

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VerbEdit

tune out (third-person singular simple present tunes out, present participle tuning out, simple past and past participle tuned out)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive, intransitive) To stop paying attention to; to ignore; to zone out.
    I have a hard time tuning out a television that is on.
    • 2016, Nathanael Johnson, Unseen City, →ISBN, page 123:
      Ants are everywhere, in such abundance that we tune them out like we tune out traffic noise.
  2. To change the channel or frequency away from.
    I was tired of talk radio so I tuned out of that station and tuned into one playing all music.

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