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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

throw the/(one's) feelers out

To try to learn about or discern something through tentative, discreet, or indirect discovery. An allusion to the antennae of insects, used to detect minute changes in the environment. He threw feelers out for the past couple weeks to see how employees might react to such a policy. We are throwing our feelers out for talented young lawyers who would make a great addition to our firm. I suggest throwing the feelers out for a while—you never know when a great job opportunity might present itself.
See also: feeler, out, throw

send the/(one's) feelers out

To try to learn about or discern something through tentative, discreet, or indirect discovery. An allusion to the antennae of insects, used to detect minute changes in the environment. He sent feelers out for the past couple weeks to see how employees might react to such a policy. We are sending our feelers out for talented young lawyers who would make a great addition to our firm. I suggest sending the feelers out for a while—you never know when a great job opportunity might present itself.
See also: feeler, out, send

have the/(one's) feelers out

To try to learn about or discern something through tentative, discreet, or indirect discovery. An allusion to the antennae of insects, used to detect minute changes in the environment. He's had feelers out for the past couple weeks to see how employees might react to such a policy. We always have our feelers out for talented young lawyers who would make a great addition to our firm. I suggest having the feelers out for a while—you never know when a great job opportunity might present itself.
See also: feeler, have, out

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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