keep an ear to the ground


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keep an ear to the ground

 and have an ear to the ground; keep one's ear to the ground; have one's ear to the ground
Fig. to devote attention to watching or listening for clues as to what is going to happen. John had his ear to the ground, hoping to find out about new ideas in computers. His boss told him to keep his ear to the ground so that he'd be the first to know of a new idea.
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For now, it will be wise to keep an ear to the ground.
To keep an ear to the ground on both sides of the border, AdFarm solicits the opinions of farmers as part of its AdFarm Farm Panel, which serves as a connection between AdFarm, the client and the field and provides a means of talking and listening to farmers across North America.
All of which gives James a reason to keep an ear to the ground for developments in his old industry, produce, and his new one, the Internet.
One underworld source said: "Kenny didn't mind Mina working because it meant she could keep an ear to the ground for him.
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