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"He held his ears."

Does it mean he held onto his ears?
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Hi,

It seems to mean that. I wonder why he did that.

Clive
It could mean he held his hands up to ears to block the noise.
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khoffIt could mean he held his hands up to ears to block the noise.
This interpretation would be my first choice provided he held his own ears.

CJ
Yes -- I meant to say "he held his hands up to his ears" (not just any random ears.) I guess that's still ambiguous, but I did mean "his own ears." Emotion: wink
Could it also mean holding the ear lobes between the thumb and index finger?
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SheltieBitesCould it also mean holding the ear lobes between the thumb and index finger?
Yes. And in the case of Vincent VanGogh, one of them might be detached from his head.

CJ
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/magazine/18Afghanistan-t.html?pagewanted=2&page
"The blast from the bomb was sharp and deep, and a dirty cloud shot up a hundred feet. Waves from the blast shot out, toward the village and toward us. Ten Marines at the front of the line disappeared.

“We’re hit! We’re hit!” Delgado shouted, and everyone ran to the front.

Marines began staggering out of the cloud. They were holding their ears and eyes."

How to interpret "hold ears" and "hold eyes"?
holding their ears and eyes = they had their hands cupped around their ears/eyes.
Had you provided the context of a blast earlier, we could have answered you more rapidly.

On the off chance that you suggest that their ears had become sectioned from their head and that the Marines were holding them between their thumb and index finger, this is not possible as Delgado said “No one’s hit."
The natural reaction after a blast and it's percussion is to cup one's ears.
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