feel the pulse of (something)

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feel the pulse of (something)

To learn or see the mood or feeling that a particular setting or place has. Try to feel the pulse of the crowd. If they seem bored, play some more upbeat songs.
See also: feel, of, pulse

feel (or take) the pulse of

ascertain the general mood or opinion of.
The image here is of literally determining someone's heart rate by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery.
1994 Daily Mirror Our new Housing Monitor…will take the pulse of the housing market to keep you informed about the value of your most precious asset—your home.
See also: feel, of, pulse
References in classic literature ?
Yet even now Tess felt the pulse of hopeful like still warm within her; she might be happy in some nook which had no memories.
Whilst saying this, he felt the pulse of his patient.
A group operating under the aegis of Itesiwaju Ipilenko Eko Vanguard at the weekend said it has commenced mobilization to give Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, a minimum of three million votes in the 2019 General Election, having taken a cursory look at his series of achievements of in office and felt the pulse of the residents.
He said the government felt the pulse of the export sectors and announced the direly needed zero rated tax policy.
Amazing landscape "During both the activities we felt the pulse of nature.
The BIHR has done a good job, not only with Bahraini students, but has felt the pulse of the region by successfully translating and customising more than 8,000 pages of study material into Arabic for distribution around the Middle East.
Out went the old stagers who no longer felt the pulse of the audiences.
I can remember looking out of the window of that room at the West Wing of the White House and thinking that I felt the pulse of history.