put out feelers


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Related to put out feelers: rub off, turn up, pick up on

put out (some) feelers (on someone or something)

to arrange to find out about something in an indirect manner. I put out some feelers on Betty to try and find out what is going on. I will put out feelers on what's going on with June.
See also: out, put

put out feelers

to try to discover what people think about something that you might do She was thinking of running for mayor, so she started putting out feelers.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of feelers (the two thin parts attached to an insect's head, used to touch things)
See also: out, put

put out feelers

to try to discover what people think about something that you might do
Usage notes: An insect's feelers are the two long stick parts on its head which it uses to touch things and discover what is around it.
I've been putting out a few feelers and it seems that most people are against changing the way we elect the committee.
See also: out, put

put out feelers

Discreetly try to learn something, as in They put out feelers to see if anyone was interested in buying the company. This idiom alludes to an animal's feelers, such as antennae or tentacles, used to find food. [First half of 1800s]
See also: out, put
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He added: "It was a considerable surprise as I put out feelers to senior military during the writing of the book but they did not want to help with the project.
City were told his preferred destination is Bayern Munich when they put out feelers a few weeks ago.
Canter won't comment on whether she is seeking the board presidency, but insiders say the Westside board member has quietly put out feelers to see if she has enough support for the job.
But now Derby could find Hendry more receptive after they put out feelers for the unsettled centre half.
Not that I'm implying managers ever put out feelers or jostle for position when one of their own seems on the brink of the chop.
We've already put out feelers to our friends and chamber members to be on the lookout for good candidates,'' Winsman said.
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