feel the pulse of (something)

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feel the pulse of (something)

To use one's intuition to identify the current mood or feeling of a person, group, or setting. Try to feel the pulse of the crowd. If they seem bored, play some more upbeat songs.
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feel (or take) the pulse of

ascertain the general mood or opinion of.
The image here is of literally determining someone's heart rate by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery.
1994 Daily Mirror Our new Housing Monitor…will take the pulse of the housing market to keep you informed about the value of your most precious asset—your home.
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By feeling the pulse of the people they are able to reasonably project or predict the outcome of an election.
In public life there is no substitute for feeling the pulse of the people.
With the slowdown of Smirnoff Ice and the death of Captain Morgan, analysts are feeling the pulse of the malternative segment anew.
For reading Valdes's fiction is like feeling the pulse of Cuba: We encounter a Havana throbbing with creative, erotic, emotional, and intellectual energy, forces that intensify in the face of adversity.