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get (someone's) pulse racing

To excite, thrill, or exhilarate someone. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was getting everyone's pulse racing. Her quick, sultry glances from across the room got my pulse racing.
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get pulses racing

To be very thrilling, exhilarating, or exciting. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was getting pulses racing. She has an intense, smoldering stare that gets pulses positively racing.
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set (someone's) pulse racing

To excite, thrill, or exhilarate someone. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was setting everyone's pulse racing. Her quick, sultry glances from across the room set my pulse racing.
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set pulses racing

To be very thrilling, exhilarating, or exciting. You could feel it in the air that the singer's performance was setting pulses racing. She has an intense, smoldering stare that sets pulses positively racing.
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(one's) finger on the pulse

A keen awareness of current trends and happenings. Sara really has her finger on the pulse of nightlife in the city, so I would ask her where you should have your birthday party.
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have (one's) finger on the pulse

To be very aware of current trends and happenings in a particular place. Sara really has her finger on the pulse of nightlife in the city, so I would ask her where you should have your birthday party.
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quicken the/(one's) pulse

To fill one with excitement, interest, or anticipation. Few things quicken the pulse like sky diving. Unfortunately, the only thing that quickened my pulse during this movie was the beginning action sequence. The rest was a bore.
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feel the pulse of (something)

To learn or see the mood or feeling that a particular setting or place has. Try to feel the pulse of the crowd. If they seem bored, play some more upbeat songs.
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keep (one's) finger on the pulse

To be very aware of current trends and happenings in a particular place. Sara keeps her finger on the pulse of nightlife in the city, so I would ask her where you should have your birthday party.
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keep one's finger on the pulse of something

Fig. to monitor the current state of something frequently. I have to keep my finger on the pulse of the city if I want to be a good reporter. It is hard to keep your finger on the pulse of Washington, D.C., but a U.S. senator must do it.
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pulse through someone or something

to flow or surge through someone or something. A jolt of electricity pulsed through Sam, causing him to jerk his hand away from the wire. They repaired the power lines and electricity began to pulse through the wires again.
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take someone's pulse

to measure the frequency of the beats of a person's pulse. I can take my own pulse. The nurse took my pulse and said I was fine.
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take the pulse of something

Fig. to sample or survey something to learn about its progress or state. Two executives came in to take the pulse of the local business unit.
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take the pulse of

Also, feel the pulse of. Try to determine the intentions or sentiments of a person or group, as in These exit polls allegedly take the pulse of the voters, but I don't believe they're very meaningful . [First half of 1600s] Also see feel out.
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have your finger on the pulse

COMMON If you have your finger on the pulse, you know all the latest information about something or understand it very well. She had her finger on the pulse of the consumer-led Eighties generation. Note: You can also say that someone keeps their finger on the pulse if they make an effort to stay aware of new developments. It's important to keep your finger on the pulse by reading all the right magazines and newspapers. Note: People sometimes say that someone has their finger on the button. Hart is a businessman with his finger on the button. Note: Someone's pulse is the speed and force with which their blood vessels expand and contract as their heart beats. A doctor might feel a patient's pulse by pressing a finger lightly against the large artery in their wrist.
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have (or keep) your finger on the pulse

be aware of all the latest news or developments.
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feel (or take) the pulse of

ascertain the general mood or opinion of.
The image here is of literally determining someone's heart rate by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery.
1994 Daily Mirror Our new Housing Monitor…will take the pulse of the housing market to keep you informed about the value of your most precious asset—your home.
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have/keep your finger on the ˈpulse (of something)

know all that is happening; be aware of new developments in a particular situation: Successful politicians need to keep their finger on the pulse of the voters.
A doctor takes your pulse by putting his fingers on your wrist and counting the number of times the blood beats in a minute.
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take the pulse of

To judge the mood or views of (a political electorate, for example): The politician was able to take the pulse of the grass-roots voters.
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Such an excursion--for instance, at an optical fiber's glass-air boundary--costs the pulse the time required to cross and recross that border.
The form of the pressure pulse, or its shape and magnitude, determines the minimum aperture size, and the aperture size determines the capacity of the screen and the extent to which the screen can improve pulp quality.
When a pulse is being processed and another pulse arrives before the process is completed, both pulses are rejected and a correction is made to the live counting time.
In terms of penetration, an unfiltered pulse of 200 picoseconds duration, when applied through a Fourier formula, demonstrates signal energy throughout the spectrum between DC and 5GHz.
When the first, or control, laser suddenly turns off, the second laser imprints the quantum identity of its red pulses onto the rubidium atoms, effectively storing the red light.
The rise and fall time of current pulses varies with the winding inductance.
This is a simpler and more efficient bit-setting operation than using pulsed fields along the easy axis which requires longer pulses in both directions.
The delay and pulse width of the two outputs can be set from 0 to 99 seconds relative to the trigger with 25 nanoseconds resolution on its highest precision range.
At once both delicate and brutal, the pulses can bore holes as small as a few hundred nanometers across.
Directed Energy Incorporated (DEI), a wholly owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (Nasdaq:SYXI), and a leading edge supplier of advanced laser diode drivers, pulse generators and RF and switch-mode semiconductors, has developed and introduced the PCO-7810 pulsed laser diode driver.
25 NATURE, she and her team describe how they shone a coupling laser on a cloud of ultracold sodium atoms, causing pulses from another laser to slow and then stop.
Hydro-Pulse rhythmically sends a gentle solution into the nasal cavity, which pulses at a similar rate to that of healthy nasal cilia.
4 meters of the mirror, they clocked such pulses at up to 125 percent of c.
5 million years ago triggered pulses of evolution among hominids, bovids, and other African mammals.