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 Dead Works,Deaf Adder. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Deaf.
 
Deaf as an adder. (See below, DEAF ADDER.)   1
   Deaf as a post. Quite deaf; or so inattentive as not to hear what is said. One might as well speak to a gate-post or log of wood.   2
   Deaf as a white cat. It is said that white cats are deaf and stupid.   3
   None so deaf as those who won’t hear. The French have the same locution: “Il n’y a de pire sourd que celui qui ne veut pas entendre.”   4
 


 Dead Works,Deaf Adder. 

 
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