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see how the wind blows

To find out about or come to understand a particular state of affairs or the way a situation exists or has developed, especially before taking any decisive or definitive action. Given the turbulent nature of this market, I think it would be prudent for us to see how the wind blows before we agree to invest in your company. I'm just seeing how the wind blows between my parents before I make any solid plans to come visit them.
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"Parents are supposed to firm you up, and they can do this by either pressing at you constantly with their hands, or letting it all hang out and seeing how the wind blows. And mine were more of the second type." "I hate to sound like a dropout philosopher, waiting tables in Napa and acting like I have it all figured out, but school is designed to provide corporations with employees, and that's all.