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get (someone's) pulse racing

To excite, thrill, or exhilarate someone. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was getting everyone's pulse racing. Her quick, sultry glances from across the room got my pulse racing.
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get pulses racing

To be very thrilling, exhilarating, or exciting. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was getting pulses racing. She has an intense, smoldering stare that gets pulses positively racing.
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set (someone's) pulse racing

To excite, thrill, or exhilarate someone. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was setting everyone's pulse racing. Her quick, sultry glances from across the room set my pulse racing.
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set pulses racing

To be very thrilling, exhilarating, or exciting. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was setting pulses racing. She has an intense, smoldering stare that sets pulses positively racing.
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keep one's finger on the pulse of something

Fig. to monitor the current state of something frequently. I have to keep my finger on the pulse of the city if I want to be a good reporter. It is hard to keep your finger on the pulse of Washington, D.C., but a U.S. senator must do it.
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pulse through someone or something

to flow or surge through someone or something. A jolt of electricity pulsed through Sam, causing him to jerk his hand away from the wire. They repaired the power lines and electricity began to pulse through the wires again.
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take someone's pulse

to measure the frequency of the beats of a person's pulse. I can take my own pulse. The nurse took my pulse and said I was fine.
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take the pulse of something

Fig. to sample or survey something to learn about its progress or state. Two executives came in to take the pulse of the local business unit.
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your finger on the pulse (of something)

knowledge of what is happening now in a particular area They've got their finger on the pulse of popular culture in Latvia.
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quicken the pulse

also quicken somebody's pulse
to cause excitement or interest There's nothing in this book to quicken the pulse.
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have your finger on the pulse

to be familiar with the most recent developments Whoever designed the new model obviously had their finger on the pulse - it's precisely the sort of computer everyone's been waiting for.
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quicken your/the pulse

to make someone excited or interested There's nothing in this book to quicken the pulse.
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take the pulse of

Also, feel the pulse of. Try to determine the intentions or sentiments of a person or group, as in These exit polls allegedly take the pulse of the voters, but I don't believe they're very meaningful . [First half of 1600s] Also see feel out.
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take the pulse of

To judge the mood or views of (a political electorate, for example): The politician was able to take the pulse of the grass-roots voters.
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References in classic literature ?
In my judgment, you are fitter to keep a castle or a fort, eating of the fat and drinking of the strong, than to live here upon pulse and water, or even upon the charity of the keeper.
Toward morning the nourishment which I still carefully administered wrought its healthful change in her pulse, and composed her to quieter slumbers.
As Wolf Larsen bent down to the lower bunk to take Johnson's pulse, I, standing erect and holding the lamp, saw Leach's head rise stealthily as he peered over the side of his bunk to see what was going on.
demanded the doctor, a minute later, his fingers on his patient's galloping pulse.
Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.
It was not joy only that possessed me; I felt my flesh tingle with excess of sensitiveness, and my pulse beat rapidly.
We differed entirely in the conclusions which we drew from the patient's pulse.
After an interval of suspense--the like of which I hope to God I shall never feel again--there came a day when the rapidity of the pulse slightly, but appreciably, diminished; and, better still, there came also a change in the beat--an unmistakable change to steadiness and strength.
The evening, I remember, was still and cloudy; the London air was at its heaviest; the distant hum of the street-traffic was at its faintest; the small pulse of the life within me, and the great heart of the city around me, seemed to be sinking in unison, languidly and more languidly, with the sinking sun.
The young gentleman, after anxiously feeling his shirt-collar as if it were his pulse and he were hypochondriacal, observed, 'That he had heard it noticed by fellers.
I couldn't,' said Mr Sparkler, after feeling his pulse as before,
Mr Sparkler referred to his pulse again, and put himself through some severe mental discipline before he replied:
Then he looked at her tongue, then he felt her pulse again, and while he did so, he eyed the half-emptied wine-glass as if in profound abstraction.
To measure how long light pulses loiter, the team split a 150-fs infrared laser pulse into two pulses and sent each along a different path to the same detector.
They measured pressure pulses against a smooth, solid wall, rather than in a slotted, contoured screen basket, to obtain more reliable measurements for comparing pulse shapes.