float an idea

float an idea

To suggest something in order to gauge interest in it. Can you float the idea of closing the office early on Fridays in the summer, to see how management reacts?
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They float an idea to centralize government functions in a civic center, take loads of heat from a public that basically hates the whole idea of going downtown, wait a few months to let the discussion fade from memory, then vote unanimously to proceed with the centralization of services and the public be damned.