ear to the ground


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ear to the ground

Listening for any indication of what is happening or will happen. Often used in the phrase "keep a/one's ear to the ground." A: "I'm not sure what's going to happen with this merger, so I'm keeping an ear to the ground." B: "Please let me know if you hear anything." I know Kim's got her ear to the ground in case word gets out about the promotion.
See also: ear, ground