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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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In fact, the article from which the Gores take their definition of family is also the one in which Minow tentatively floats the idea of substituting domestic partnership registries for traditional marriage.
Gary Johnson (R-N.M.) floats the idea that it is time to try something else.