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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.