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.
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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
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So, businesses now have to expand beyond surveys and longer-term voice-of-the-customer activities and keep their ears to the ground on a daily basis.
It is a frequently reported scenario across the Midlands as a number of agencies keep their ears to the ground for the slightest sign of new movement.
Communicators need to keep their ears to the ground, visit those sites that typically attract people who have an axe to grind, and respond or get in on the discussion.
Many of the companies become hosts to best practice visits, which is something I've spoken about in the past, so people would be well advised to keep their ears to the ground.
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