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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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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.
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.
Lisa Mascaro's article about the MTA floating an idea reducing the meeting schedule and budget of the Sector Governance Councils couldn't be more timely.