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read the room
To use one's intuition to analyze the general mood of the people in a particular setting and act accordingly. Often used as an imperative. I'll read the room and see if it's the right time to have the conversation. If people already seem on edge, I'll probably wait to bring it up. Read the room, James. No one here is interested in talking politics right now.
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