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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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All round her were people pretending to feel what they did not feel, while somewhere above her floated the idea which they could none of them grasp, which they pretended to grasp, always escaping out of reach, a beautiful idea, an idea like a butterfly.
Tugade first floated the idea of a cable-car system as an alternative mode of transportation in 2016, which garnered a lot of criticisms from private individuals.
'We had floated the idea of Zamung Kor with great effort in 2015, but now we have been notified that it has been declared defunct,' social activist and the founding member of Zamung Kor Meraj Hamayun Khan said talking to The Express Tribune.
Duterte floated the idea of renaming the Philippines during a speech in Maguindanao where he distributed land titles to Agrarian reform beneficiaries.
Although many people had mocked PM Oli when he first floated the idea of buying a ship in 2016, his plan is likely to be realised as India has been positive to support Nepal in owning and operating its own ship.
The President floated the idea of establishing a "Duterte Death Squad" or an armed civilian group to counter the Sparrow Unit of the NPA.
ISLAMABAD:Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan Friday floated the idea for constituting an Ethics Committee of senior members of both the National Assembly and the Senate for smooth running the affairs of the Parliament.
Stephenson floated the idea of a sale of CNN during a November meeting with the DOJ's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, the report says.
I had floated the idea of a water pipeline along the railway line on both sides.
"Martinez has already floated the idea of wholesale changes against England, in a game where he claims victory is not a "priority" for his side.Lukaku lies joint second alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, one shy of England captain Harry Kane, who has five.
Take Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, who floated the idea that mobile phones should be banned in schools.
Trump did not emphasize education policy during his campaign, though he proposed a $20 billion program to promote school choice, derided Common Core, and even floated the idea of eliminating the U.S.
This was Rao's first meeting with Modi since the former floated the idea of a federal front as an alternative to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.
Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Darell Leiking, who was among those who floated the idea, said he personally would like to see the formation of such an entity to jointly represent the interests of both East Malaysian states.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has floated the idea of formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with consensus of all the political parties to unearth major historical events, reported by Radio Pakistan.