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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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Using the Spring Statement to give six months or so between floating an idea and proposing it formally in the Budget would reduce uncertainty about such changes and should lead to better-designed policies.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol on Sunday said he was under the impression that President Rodrigo Duterte was just floating an idea on the abolition of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
The minister has made it clear that he is simply floating an idea.
WE may not yet have a floating theatre on the Tees, as suggested by two recent correspondents (Floating An Idea, 17.04.10 and Straw Poll On Site Visit 23.04.10), but Stockton does have many cultural events alongside the river.
Two well-known scientists are floating an idea that they think could help address global warming: placing tens of thousands of buoyant pipes in the ocean to better circulate nutrient-rich water and thereby encourage more algae, which reduce carbon dioxide.