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float (one's) boat

To make someone happy. Often used in the phrase "whatever floats (one's) boat." A: "What do you want for dinner?" B: "Whatever floats your boat, I'm not even hungry." I think this new job in the lab will really float Isabel's boat.
See also: boat, float

be floating on air

To be extremely happy. I've been floating on air ever since I got engaged!
See also: air, floating, on

float an idea

To suggest something in order to gauge interest in it or others' perception of it. Can you float the idea of closing the office early on Fridays in the summer, to see how management reacts?
See also: float, idea

float a trial balloon

To suggest something in order to get feedback on it. The phrase alludes to the now outdated use of balloons to get information about the weather. When everyone objected to my idea, I reassured them that I was just floating a trial balloon and had not made any sort of decision on the matter.
See also: balloon, float, trial

float around

1. To not be in a specific location. I just saw that book yesterday, so it must be floating around here somewhere.
2. To float or bob over or through a particular surface. Look at all the ducks just floating around the pond!
See also: around, float

float on air

To be extremely happy. I've been floating on air ever since I got engaged!
See also: air, float, on

float a loan

1. To receive a loan of money from someone or some institution. I had to float a loan to pay for the medical expenses. Thankfully they were able to float a loan and implement the repairs and upgrades the health inspector had demanded.
2. To give, or arrange for someone to give, a loan of money to someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used after "float." I'd be happy to float you a loan to help get your business off the ground. The house needs a lot of work, so they're looking around at creditors who might be willing to float them a loan.
See also: float, loan

float a loan

Fig. to get a loan of money; to arrange for a loan of money. I couldn't afford to pay cash for the car, so I floated a loan. They needed money, so they had to float a loan.
See also: float, loan

float around

to float from here to there freely. All sorts of paper and trash were floating around on the surface of the pond. Water hyacinths floated around, making a very tropical scene.
See also: around, float

float on air

Fig. [for someone] to feel free and euphoric. I was so happy, I was floating on air. Mary was floating on air after she won first prize.
See also: air, float, on

float a trial balloon

mainly AMERICAN
COMMON If someone floats a trial balloon they suggest an idea or plan in order to see what people think about it. The administration has not officially released any details of the president's economic plan, although numerous trial balloons have been floated. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of float. Weeks ago, the Tories were flying a trial balloon about banning teacher strikes. Note: You can call an idea or suggestion that is made to test public opinion a trial balloon. The idea is nothing more than a trial balloon at this point. Note: Balloons were formerly used to find out about weather conditions.
See also: balloon, float, trial

float around

v.
1. To be or move in a nonspecific or unknown location: That pen must be floating around here somewhere. The travelers floated around the countryside, stopping here and there to eat and rest.
2. To move around while suspended on the surface of a fluid without sinking; float in no particular direction: Empty bottles and other debris float around in the cove at low tide.
See also: around, float
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Our goal is to match liabilities and assets, and the way for us to get there is to swap out floating rates for fixed rates.
20,099,000 class B8 Floating Rate Notes, Due February 2039 'BBB';
13,399,000 class B9 Floating Rate Notes, Due February 2039 'BBB-';
26,875,000 class C Deferrable Interest Floating Rate Notes Due 2047 'A+';
14,375,000 class D Deferrable Interest Floating Rate Notes Due 2047 'A';
125,000,000 class A-2B senior secured floating rate term notes due 2037 'AAA';
82,875,000 class B second priority floating rate term notes due 2037 'AA';
31,200,000 class C fourth priority floating rate capitalized interest term notes 'A+';
13,350,000 class D fifth priority floating rate capitalized interest term notes 'A';
USD195,000,000 class A-2 senior secured floating rate notes due 2051 'AAA';
USD87,500,000 class B-1 secured floating rate notes due 2051 'AA';
US$23,000,000 class D fifth priority mezzanine deferrable secured floating rate notes due 2046 'A';
23,000,000 class D-1 deferrable fifth priority subordinate secured floating rate notes due 2037 'BBB';