put the feelers out


1. try to learn or determine something discreetly or indirectly






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put the feelers out to gauge someone's reaction to something

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When you 'put the feelers out' you try to obtain a lead, contact or information in an indirect or discreet way, usually by informal means. This is a popular expression you will hear in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. We don't have enough information about the situation yet. I will put the feelers out to see what else I can find out about it.
  2. I will put the feelers out to see who might be interested in joining the committee.

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  1. The boss has been putting feelers out to try and gauge how staff might react to the new policy he is considering.
  2. Put out feelers to see if anyone would be interested in buying the business, but be discreet! I don't want news of this getting out.

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