“fall on stony ground”

When someone gives you a piece of advice and you choose to ignore it, then you can say that the advice fell on stony ground. In other words, the ground is so hard that nothing penetrates it. The expression, I understand, comes from the Bible and it has more or less the same meaning as “fall on deaf ears”.

*The Management’s repeated requests to call off the strike have fallen on stony ground.

S. UPENDRAN,  The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, March 28, 2005


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