ear to the ground, have one's

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have an/(one's) ear to the ground

To listen for any indication of what is happening or will happen. A: "I'm not sure what's going to happen with this merger, so I have an ear to the ground." B: "Please let me know if you hear anything." I know Kim has her ear to the ground in case word gets out about the promotion.
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ear to the ground, have one's

Also, keep one's ear to the ground. Be or remain well informed; be on the watch for new trends and information. For example, She knew she'd succeed as a reporter if she kept her ear to the ground. This graphic expression probably alludes to listening for distant hoofbeats by putting one's ear close to the ground. [Late 1800s]
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Where the stakes are high, the rewards great and the opportunities infrequent, it often helps to keep one's ear to the ground.