put out feelers


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put out (the/one's) feelers

To try to learn or discern something tentatively, discreetly, or indirectly. (An allusion to the antennae of insects, used to detect minute changes in the environment.) He's been putting out feelers to see how employees might react to such a policy. Why don't you put out your feelers and see if anyone is interested in buying. A: "I wonder what's going on with Jennifer lately." B: "I'll see if I can put the feelers out the next time I see her."
See also: feeler, out, put

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: feeler, 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: feeler, out, put

put out feelers

If you put out feelers, you carefully try to find out about other people's feelings or plans, so that you will know what to do next. I will put some feelers out among my community. Spend some time putting feelers out to see if you can find a suitable building. Note: Verbs such as send, have or throw are sometimes used instead of put. He has sent out feelers to three right-wing parties, with a view to freeing himself from the coalition with Labour. Note: Feelers are the long thin sense organs on the heads of insects and certain other creatures such as snails.
See also: feeler, out, put

put out/have ˈfeelers

try to find out what people think about a particular course of action before you do it: They’re putting out feelers about the possibility of building a new sports complex in Leeds.
An insect has feelers (= antennae) on its head, which it uses to feel or sense things.
See also: feeler, have, 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.