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float an idea

To suggest something in order to gauge interest in it or others' perception of it. Can you float the idea of closing the office early on Fridays in the summer, to see how management reacts?
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He will float the idea of a "period of reduced taxation" for those that fall into the 40% higher-rate tax bracket - currently those earning between PS34,370 and PS150,000 - using tax-varying powers proposed by the first report of the Silk Commission.
Why else would he float the idea of employees taking strike action to disrupt the Olympics as a way to campaign against government cuts?
I just wonder if it's a good PR move to float the idea in the week of the 9/11 anniversary.
Not very long ago Gordon Brown tried to float the idea of having an annual 'British Day' and now they want to teach core 'British' values to all children in England.
It seems to me irresponsible even to float the idea, as neurologist David M.
In an interview with The Independent, Mr Maude was the first senior Conservative to float the idea of a Tory-Lib Dem coalition at national level
The Minister will float the idea at the informal Transport Council on July 9-10 in Amsterdam.
30pm to float the idea of building a farmer-owned abattoir.