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see how the land lies

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 land lies before we agree to invest in your company. I'm just seeing how the land lies between my parents before I make any solid plans to come visit them.
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tv. to equal someone’s bet in poker. I see your five and raise you ten.
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/hear things
To have hallucinations.
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Gentilcore sees this area as typical of the peripheries of Europe in the early modern period (specifically 1563 to 1818, but focusing primarily on the late sixteenth through the early eighteenth century), where "high" notions of Christianity mixed uneasily with more "popular" traditions dominated by the cultural immobility of longue duree to form an eclectic mix of religious and spiritual practice.
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