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tone-deaf

unable to distinguish subtle differences in musical pitch
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Universal dyschromatosis, small stature and high tone deafness.
Even as Abbott qualifies and shifts to other issues - like, say, ethics - the Democrats pounding on the GOP's tone deafness prick up the ears of the very same people that the GOP is trying to mobilize.
Epic PR fail, excellent case study in corporate cultural tone deafness.
Crowe SJ, Guild SR & Polvogt LM, observation on the pathology of high tone deafness.
I suspect the tone deafness of those whose names will be on the ballot not even a year and a half from now will show a remarkable improvement.
The Brazilian's performanceS s, despite being mere shades away from tone deafness, were among the best of the night.
If Toyota had gotten ahead of the story from the beginning as opposed to trying to hide the anecdotal evidence of a problem or demonstrating a media tone deafness that was truly astonishing for a company of its size, this would have been a blip in its corporate history.
Well, he had issues like the broken bell of ancestral tone deafness, an analgesic of a voice he would smoke in that bitter way men of drama offer, thumb and index finger, pain at inhale or there would be the burnt tire blues constantly dickered with, "baby too much trouble for a smile/I'll love you for your soft umber hills/ anyways, I'll stay a while/" just a raspy croak, Calandria and rebar, the water park one block off the Muqatta, adenoidal squeals of children and the chevron scat of heavy tracked vehicles marking up the streets, he sits in an armless chair and listens to cacophony with no commercial breaks.
A series of US miscues and startling displays of tone deafness to Palestinian needs have prompted Arab anger or despair.