float an idea

float an idea

to suggest something informally to see if people accept it or are interested in it The mayor originally floated the idea, and it was quickly taken up by a number of city agencies.
Related vocabulary: test the waters
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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.