keep an/(one's) ear to the ground

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keep an/(one's) ear to the ground

To listen for any indication of what is happening or will happen. A: "I'm not sure what's going to happen with this merger, so I'm keeping an ear to the ground." B: "Please let me know if you hear anything." I know Kim is keeping her ear to the ground in case word gets out about the promotion.
See also: ear, ground, keep

keep an ear to the ground

 and have an ear to the ground; keep one's ear to the ground; have one's ear to the ground
Fig. to devote attention to watching or listening for clues as to what is going to happen. John had his ear to the ground, hoping to find out about new ideas in computers. His boss told him to keep his ear to the ground so that he'd be the first to know of a new idea.
See also: ear, ground, keep

keep your ear to the ground

or

have your ear to the ground

mainly BRITISH
If you keep your ear to the ground or have your ear to the ground, you make an effort to be aware of what is happening around you. Keep your ear to the ground. Know who is coming and who is going: a new vacancy could be an opportunity for you. Paul had his ear to the ground and always knew about future concerts before anyone else Note: In films, Native Americans used to be shown tracking people or animals by listening carefully to the ground for the sound of their footsteps.
See also: ear, ground, keep

keep/have an/your ear (close) to the ˈground

(try to) be well-informed about what is or will be happening: Jane keeps her ear pretty close to the ground and can usually tell you what the mood of the staff is.
See also: ear, ground, have, keep
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I'll keep my ear to the ground and see who the fans want to see the most, what are the fans most interested in.
"Nothing has been discussed yet about extending the loan but I'll keep my ear to the ground and see if anything comes up," said the 20-year-old.
As I prepare to move on, I will keep my ear to the ground and look forward to hearing about the future accomplishments of the Signal Corps.
There's fine tuning needed here and there and it would be remiss of me not to keep my ear to the ground.
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For someone like me who is still involved, the Insurance Advocate is an extremely important and relevant source of news and information that helps me keep my ear to the ground when it comes to the state our industry.
I KEEP my ear to the ground, and if a news story breaks I've normally heard about it before it happens but, staggeringly, I found out by accident from one of my best mates that next year's Bupa Great North Run has been moved.
"I'll keep my ear to the ground, I'll see what people are interested in the most and make a decision then."