how the land lies

how the land lies

A particular state of affairs or the way a situation exists or has developed. Given the turbulent nature of this market, I think it would be prudent for us to see how the land lies before we agree to invest in your company. I want to find out how the land lies between my parents before I make any solid plans to come visit them.
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how the land lies

what the state of affairs is.
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I may be able to see how the land lies, without so much as saying a word!"
"Well," he said, as he lit her bedroom candle for her, "when we all meet on the Parade tomorrow, we shall see, as our nautical friends say, how the land lies. One thing I can tell you, my dear girl -- I have used my eyes to very little purpose if there is not a storm brewing tonight in Mr.
He said: "I'd love to get into Monaco next week but the field is probably set so I'll have to see how the land lies after this.
So how the land lies is that Seoul is juggling with two equally important priorities a getting the North committed to no provocations in exchange for the suspension of the drills and persuading the U.S.
He's gone for a scan and we'll have to see how the land lies with him, but it didn't look good on the initial assessment from our physio.
It will be interesting to see how the land lies after 10 games.
On Samaras, linked with a move to Hull, Lennon said: "Again, we need to speak to his representatives and see how the land lies. I think he would like to stay."
"But I know how the land lies. If players are wanting a lot more money, they'll have to go elsewhere.
"I am not going to university with any real objective other than I like France, the culture and the language, and I will just see how the land lies when I finish.
"It could depend on how their permanent keepers are doing fitness wise, so we will see how the land lies."
Employers who aren't sure how the land lies need to acquaint themselves with the law quickly, as HMRC won't be taking any prisoners.
Before taking over his new role with Marseille in May, Diouf was Robert's agent and the United player looks upon him as his mentor, so Souness will have seen just how the land lies with his pounds 9m French winger.
When he first comes into the job he can't say `I want this, I want that'.He has seen how the land lies and he has progressed on from there.
The London Financial Times reported on 27 October that the airline was holding exploratory talks with the two other carriers about joining the SkyTeam Alliance, but British Airways has stated only that 'The talks are to see how the land lies. We are surveying the scene.'
We know how the land lies, we're not lying to ourselves, we are in a relegation battle."